Nevadans can recycle yard waste |

Nevadans can recycle yard waste

by Timothy Bowman

Disposing of yard waste may not be such a burning issue for Tahoe-Douglas residents this spring.

The South Tahoe Refuse Center, the Tahoe-Douglas Fire District, Heavenly Ski Resort, the University of Nevada, Reno and the Tahoe Village Homeowners Association are providing an alternative to open burning to dispose of yard waste.

Nevada residents can take their waste to be recycled at the Heavenly Boulder Parking lot Thursday through Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The recycling begins Saturday and goes until May 27. The program is not available for California residents.

Tahoe-Douglas Fire District Capt. Ben Sharit said open burning of yard waste is allowed with a permit, but he urges people to recycle instead. He warns open burning can create adverse effects.

“We’re the ones the residents come to for a burn permit and we are going to encourage them to recycle,” Sharit said. “The most important thing is not spreading a fire when doing open burning. The second is the air pollution with open burning. This is an easier way for people to dispose of it.”

Jeanne Lear of the South Tahoe Refuse Center said the program is only for recycling yard waste.

“In order to be able to recycle we have to be able to process it so it has to be free of contamination, which in this case includes rocks, dirt and normal contaminates you might find in the yard such as garbage,” Lear said. “Pine cones and small limbs are fine.”

Lear said the waste will be used for revegetation projects in the basin and to produce compost.

“It goes to Full Circle Compost in the Carson Valley, which is a composting facility on a dairy farm,” Lear said. “Another priority is revegetation in the basin using vegetation that is native to the site.”

Last year the program collected 346 tons of yard waste. Lear said she expects greater success this year.

“I am sure we are going to exceed (last year’s collection,)” Lear said. “I think the program is going to start off fast and furious.”

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