This Friday, May 20, free residential green waste disposal for Nevada County residents will begin at the Truckee Rodeo Ground from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. City of Truckee, Truckee Fire Protection District, Nevada County and Nevada County Fire Safety Board staff. will be on site to facilitate traffic and ensure the smooth running of the program.
Each year, homeowners are encouraged to create and maintain a defensible space, as it is the best thing residents can do to protect their property from wildfires. Building a buffer between a structure and the grasses, trees, and shrubs around it is essential to slowing or stopping a wildfire. Defensive space helps protect homes while providing greater safety for firefighters who may need to take position to defend property.
With seven of the 10 most destructive wildfires in recorded history since 2020, defensible space is more important than ever. Continued dry conditions and above normal temperatures are expected to result in lower fuel moisture levels and higher fire risk this year. On Monday, Cal Fire entered declared fire season for 2022 and this week parts of Nevada County will see the first red flag warning of the year.
Significant amounts of plant debris were generated during the winter storm of early 2022, and as we enter the warmer months it is essential to remove these materials before they become a fire hazard. . Residents are reminded to carry out defensible space activities in a safe manner taking into account weather conditions, including avoiding the use of equipment that could cause a spark in situations of high fire danger. Taking advantage of free green waste events is a great way to supplement cleanup efforts.
“Green waste events in Western Nevada County have been a resounding success, with residents dropping off more than 7,000 loads of materials, the equivalent in weight of 450 school buses,” says Paul Cummings, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services program. A second series of events hosted by Waste Management served over 200 customers who dropped off 92 tonnes of material. The county is hoping for a similar outcome in Truckee.
The free Truckee green waste events will take place in May and June. Please limit loads to 3 meters per trip. To facilitate unloading, place a tarp on the bottom of the truck or trailer bed before loading the material. No commercial green waste, bags, rounds over 24 inches, stumps, rocks, boards and trash.
The Free Residential Green Waste Management Program is a partnership between Nevada County, the Nevada County Fire Safety Board, the City of Truckee, the Truckee Fire Protection District, the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, the Elimination of Tahoe Truckee Sierra and Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District.
Source: Nevada County