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September 21, 2020

Truckee Meadows Fire Announces Green Waste Collection Days

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District’s Autumn Green Waste Collection Days will occur throughout October and November

Green Waste Collection for October 17 – 18

Two separate locations for small and large loads

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The response to Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue’s FREE green waste collection days has been overwhelming.  This week’s location cannot support large, herbaceous loads. 

The scheduled Green Waste Collection event at the Regional Transportation Center (RTC) Lot, corner of Geiger Grade and Toll Road (Reno) this weekend, October 17 & 18, is limited to small loads only.  Loads accepted at the park cannot be larger than a standard pickup truck bed and can only include woody materials that can be chipped.  Absolutely NO leaves, pine needles, weeds, or loads that include dirt.  Grass clippings will not be accepted at any drop-off location. 

Loads larger than a pickup bed, or that include leaves, needles, or weeds will be accepted this weekend (10/17-18) at the Nevada Division of Forestry Fire Station, 885 Eastlake Blvd, Washoe Valley.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Reno, Nev. Sep. 21, 2020 – Now that autumn has arrived, the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) strongly encourages residents to create defensible space.  Conditions remain dry, and green waste collection is a safe way to discard vegetation.  TMFPD’s Green Waste Collection Days offer the best alternative to create defensible space.  Green waste collection allows residents to dispose of their dry and dead vegetation, shrubs, tree branches, and other wildland fuels to encourage the creation of defensible space to protect homes and property from wildfires.  This is a free event sponsored by the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District for all Washoe County residents, with support from NV Energy, Nevada Division of Forestry, Living with Fire (UNR Cooperative Extension), and Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities.

“This season, we are stepping up our green waste collection efforts substantially and encouraging our residents to be prepared for wildfires by creating defensible space,” said Fire Chief Charles Moore.  “This is a free event and a community service the fire district provides to our citizens in Washoe County.”  The Fire District has identified key locations throughout Washoe County for convenience and access to all residents. Residents are responsible for their own transport.

TMFPD’s Autumn Green Waste Collection Days will take place beginning at 9am until 4pm, weather permitting, on the following dates and locations:

October 3 & 4: Nevada Division of Forestry Fire Station, 885 Eastlake Blvd, Washoe Valley

October 10 & 11: South Valley’s Regional Park, 15650 Wedge Parkway, Reno

October 17 & 18: Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) Lot, corner of Geiger Grade and Toll Road, Reno

October 24 & 25: Mayberry Park, 101 Woodland Avenue, Reno

November 6 & 7: Verdi Community Center, 165 Bridge Street, Verdi

November 8 & 9: Scolari’s, 5430 Sun Valley Blvd, Sun Valley

November 13 & 14: Lemmon Valley Station, 130 Nectar Street, Reno

November 15 & 16: Silver Lake Station, 11525 Red Rock Road, Reno

November 20 & 21: Ironwood Equestrian Center, 5600 Whiskey Springs Road, Palomino Valley

November 22 & 23: Lazy 5 Regional Park, 7100 Pyramid Way, Sparks

Defensible space is the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surround it. This space is needed to slow or stop the spread of wildfire and it protects homes and property from catching fire, either from direct flame contact or radiant heat. Defensible space is also essential for the protection of the firefighters defending your home.

Washoe County residents should act and create this space by pruning or cutting back trees branches and shrubs and remove dead grass and weeds. 

Examples of accepted items include junipers, pines, rabbitbrush, sagebrush, and other woody vegetation.

ONLY natural vegetation, please.  Items we will NOT accept include household garbage and trash, lumber, hazardous materials, grass clippings and stumps with root balls.  Tree stumps in excess of 8 inches in diameter will not be accepted.  Additionally, we cannot accept items in bags.  Bags must be emptied on site and removed. 


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