The refuse collected by route trucks is processed in our Material Recovery Facility, exposing all recyclables to maximum recovery efforts.
A variety of containers and services are offered to the commercial customer.

Through the combined efforts of individuals, communities, organizations, businesses and government, the amount recycled and reused continues to improve. 
Transfer Station,
Material Recovery Facility,
Resource Recovery Facility,
Recycling Buy-Back Center.
Family owned and operated since 1962

Contact us 530.541.5105
South Lake Tahoe Recycles 65%
You can help us recycle even more!


Whether you’re a homeowner, renter, business or you are planning a community-wide event, we make it easy for you to help us keep the area beautiful and our resources intact.  
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About Weather Service Delays

During extreme snow events, STR may utilize delayed starts to provide collection service as feasible, given snow removal operations throughout the service area.  

STR will make every effort to complete collection routes as scheduled.  Customers have the option to bring their weekly Solid Waste to the Transfer Station at no charge due to the inaccessibility of their streets. 

STR will pick up all accumulated solid waste the following week. 
STR will make every effort to pick up customers in our American River Disposal service area, dependent on road closures and access to mud slide areas.

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Convenient recycling... 
It's in the bag!
Welcome South Tahoe Refuse & Recycling Services

We promote environmentally-friendly practices to reduce solid waste by diverting as much recyclable material as possible. 

We are dedicated to providing reliable and efficient collection of solid waste for the citizens, visitors and businesses in the South Lake Tahoe area. 

We are currently recycling 65%!



Notice to Bear Box Owners

Please be sure our employees can access your bear box on your pickup day. Bear boxes must be shoveled and cleared of snow, including a path to the bear box and any berms. If reasonable access is not provided, your bear box will not be serviced that week. If you use a snow removal contactor, please ask them to include this service. Thank you for your cooperation. 

The Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners extend research-based information by:

  • answering questions via email hotlines, farmers markets and at community events
  • offering workshops and classes
  • publishing articles in newsletters, local newspapers and social media.

For more and to be directed to their website, click here.
Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners
Master Gardeners are community members who have been trained under the direction of the University of California Cooperative Extension. Each volunteer assists the UC Cooperative Extension by providing practical, scientific gardening information to the home gardeners in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

We are seeing construction utility boxes being used as enclosures for trash. While we appreciate that some customers are purchasing these utility boxes with the best intentions of addressing wildlife issues, utility boxes are not designed to be used as garbage enclosures. They do not hold 32-gallon trash cans. Bagged and loose garbage in utility boxes attracts bears to the smell.

We are not able to empty these utility boxes with our equipment and our employees are not able to unload them by hand. Trying to unload them will lead to damage to the utility box and injury to our employees. 

South Tahoe Refuse and Recycling is administering a Bear Box Loan Program, which provides no interest loans for installation of approved animal-resistant garbage can enclosures. Please feel free to contact our office at 530-541-5105 if you wish to discuss this or other service options. 
Notice Regarding Utility Boxes

Curbside Christmas Tree Recycling
December 26, 2017- January 8, 2018
FREE TO OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS
South Tahoe Refuse and Recycling is once again offering free curbside Christmas tree recycling to all our residential customers. Your Christmas trees will be recycled into compost in the Carson Valley. 

Place your tree next to your trash can on your normal pickup day:
  • Cut trees into 6’ lengths,
  • Remove tinsel, lights, nails and stands from your tree,
  • Flocked trees are not accepted as they cannot be recycled into compost.

Commercial customers can drop trees off at the Resource Recovery Facility for the two weeks following Christmas at no charge.

Contact us for further information at 530.541.5105.