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Garbage and Recycling

                            

You Toss. We Sort. Placer County Recycles with One Big Bin !

Find a recycling center for your bottles and cans.

Western County

Western Placer Waste Management Authority (WPWMA)

3195 Athens Avenue, Roseville, CA
Open Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and weekends 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (916) 543-3960

Central County

Auburn Transfer Station

12305 Shale Ridge Road, Auburn, CA
Open every day 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Phone: (530) 885-3735

Meadow Vista Transfer Station

2950 Combie Road, Meadow Vista, CA
Open Friday through Monday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (530) 885-3735

Green Waste & Pine Needle Disposal

Foresthill Transfer Station

6699 Patton Road, Foresthill, CA
Open Friday through Monday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (530) 885-3735

Tahoe Area

Eastern Regional Materials Recovery Facility

Recycling can be confusing, so we do it for you!

Hwy 89 & Cabin Creek Road, Truckee, CA
Open Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Half-Day Holidays 8:00 am – 12:00 p.m.

Bear Bin Loan Program
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
Basura Toxica Residencial
Green Waste and Wood Waste Recycling
Mandatory Garbage Collection

Garbage Collection Rates

Franchise Areas 1 & 4
Franchise Areas 2 & 3

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who collects my garbage?

Placer County contracts with two haulers to provide service in the unincorporated areas of the county (please check the Franchise Area Map to determine which area you live in):

Recology Auburn Placer for all areas outside city limits west of Colfax
(Franchise Areas 1 & 4)

Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal for areas east of Colfax and in the Tahoe area (Franchise Areas 2 & 3). 

 Can I get a green waste can?

In order to minimize the number of collection routes and trucks on the road, only certain areas of Placer County have curbside green waste collection available.  Contact your hauler for availability and options (see "Who collects my garbage?" above).

Why don't I have a recycle bin?

Recycling can be confusing, so we do it for you!

In Placer County, One Big Bin makes it easy for businesses and residents by using a mixed-waste recycling program.

The waste collected in your garbage can goes to one of our two regional Materials Recovery Facilities where we:

  • Recover recyclables from the mixed waste stream,
  • Process green and wood waste for composting or biomass,
  • Receive and process source-separated recyclables, and
  • Provide for receipt and recycling/proper disposal of Hazardous Wastes.

Learn More about One Big Bin in western Placer County and One Big Bin in the Tahoe area.

Is One Big Bin good for the environment?

Yes! No extra bags for sorting and no extra trucks on the road for separate collection routes!

By allowing recyclables to be included with garbage, in One Big Bin, Placer County:

  • Exceeds state mandated waste diversion goals,
  • Ensures 100% participation,
  • Provides uniformity in waste diversion and recycling programs, and
  • Minimizes greenhouse gas emissions by having one truck route to collect mixed trash and recyclables.

It's recycling and disposal made easy!

What happens to the garbage that isn't recycled?

After the garbage has been sorted at the Materials Recovery Facility, materials that cannot be recycled are taken to a landfill. 

In the western portion of the County garbage is disposed of at the Western Regional Sanitary Landfill in Roseville, the only active landfill in Placer County. 

In the eastern portion of the County garbage is taken to Lockwood Landfill in the state of Nevada.

How much does garbage service cost?

Garbage service rates vary based on where you live. Please check the Franchise Area Map to determine which area you live in, then click on the appropriate link above under Garbage Collection Rates. Residents of cities should contact their local Public Works department.

How do I get rid of old medications, sharps, and syringes?

These items are considered Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) and can be taken to the HHW facility at the Western Placer Waste Management Authority in Roseville (every day, free of charge), or to the Eastern Regional Materials Recover Facility in the Tahoe area during one of their free Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days (fees apply for businesses, and disposal limits apply to both residents and businesses).

Sharps and syringes can also be taken to Recology Auburn Placer in Auburn. 

Download and print this handy tool to help remind you of our free drop-off locations for old medications, home-generated sharps and syringes.

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is waste that is illegal to place in your trash can, such as medication, sharps and syringes, paints, poisons, solvents and oils.

Where can I dispose of Household Hazardous Waste?

 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) can be taken to the Western Placer Waste Management Authority in Roseville (every day, free of charge), or theo the Eastern Regional Materials Recovery Facility in the Tahoe area (during one of their free Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days).

Some HHW is accepted at Transfer Stations located throughout western Placer County (call 530.885.3735 for disposal times):

Auburn Transfer Station | 12305 Shale Ridge Road

  • fluorescent tubes
  • batteries - household & vehicle
  • used oil filters
  • used motor oil
  • compressed gas cylinders less than 5 gallons (camp sized)
  • latex paint
  • sharps (syringes & lancets)
  • electronic waste (computers, televisions, cell phones, stereos)

Foresthill Transfer Station | 6699 Patent Road &
Meadow Vista Transfer Station | 2950 Combie Road

  • fluorescent tubes
  • batteries - household & vehicle
  • used oil filters
  • electronic waste (computers, televisions, cell phones, stereos)

Your garbage collection service provider may even provide FREE curbside pick-up service for Household Hazardous Waste.

How do I properly transport Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)?

  • Keep products in their original, tightly sealed  containers, if possible
  • Label materials not in their original containers
  • Place leaking containers in tightly-sealed, labeled plastic containers
  • Do not mix materials; sort products by type
  • Pack containers upright in cardboard or plastic containers
  • Secure in the trunk of your car or bed of your truck

Where can I dispose of old batteries?

There are many choices for household battery collection sites in the western part of the county. Your garbage collection service provider may even provide FREE curbside pick-up service for batteries.

Collection sites in the eastern part of the county are currently being updated, but residents may also put household batteries in a sealable plastic bag and place the bag on top of their can on collection day.

What is mandatory commercial recycling and what services are available?

Mandatory commercial recycling is a California state law (AB 341) by which Placer County must provide recycling services to some businesses, and multi-family housing of five or more units. Placer County provides these services through private contractors in order to provide the recycling services required by state law. Learn more about AB 341.

What is mandatory commercial organics recycling and what services are available?

Mandatory commercial organics recycling is a California state law (AB 1826) by which Placer County must provide organics recycling services to some businesses, in phases.  Placer County offers food waste collection service, or businesses can opt to comply by recycling organic waste onsite, self-hauling green and/or wood waste, or donating to food banks.  Learn more about AB 1826.

Contact

Phone: 530-889-6846

Email:  recycle@placer.ca.gov

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