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South Lake Tahoe spring cleaning is Saturday

Andy Bourelle

You have four old tires, a nasty-smelling couch and a year’s worth of old Tahoe Daily Tribunes filling your garage. That is in addition to the bullet-ridden washing machine in your back yard.

You would love to get rid of that stuff. However, that would be darn expensive. Shoot! What can you do?

Well, this Saturday, South Tahoe Refuse will be happy to take that stuff off your hands – for only $5 a load.

The Clean Tahoe Programs’ annual Spring Cleanup will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Any resident of the El Dorado portion of Lake Tahoe may bring in a truck or car load for only $5. Nevada residents are welcome; however, they must pay another $3 for their initial load.

“We pay the difference,” said Sandy Belstler, program assistant for Clean Tahoe. “It’s a bargain. Even if you have just a little bit of trash, it’s (normally) quite a lot. You can bring washing machines, dishwashers, any kind of appliance.”

Well, almost any kind of appliance that is. Refrigerators and other appliances containing Freon will cost residents $40 to drop off.

Clean, bagged pine needles are accepted.

About 50 to 75 people will be working at the transfer station Saturday, most of them volunteers. Additionally, South Shore businesses such as Starbucks and Taco Bell are providing lunch for all those working.

Throughout South Shore, volunteers will be cleaning up neighborhoods Saturday, too. Those who volunteer for the task of cleaning up a specific area receive a free dump pass for the day.

Clean Tahoe was started in 1991 as a part-time program and became a full-time, nonprofit organization in 1994.

“Our goal is to enhance the visual quality of our environment. If we didn’t have the Clean Tahoe Program, this environment would not be the way you see it. We have a lot of tourists, and, because of them, we have a lot of people who like to throw garbage out the window,” she said. “Without this program, Lake Tahoe would not look as clean as it does.”


What: Garbage drop

Where: South Tahoe Refuse Transfer Station, 2140 Ruth Ave.

When: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: $5 per car or pick-up truck load

Information: (530) 544-4210

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