IMPORTANT SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT: NEVER EVER place NEEDLES / SHARPS of ANY type in the garbage! Health and safety code REQUIRE sharps to be place in a container and CLEARLY MARKED! REMINDER: Local ordinances REQUIRE ALL garbage to be contained in CANS! NO LOOSE GARBAGE even in bear boxes!!! Please respect the health and safety of our collection crew and avoid possible fines or citations. If you have questions please call our office at (530) 541-5105. Thank you for your cooperation!

Important Information

Pick-up times are subject to change without notice.

Residential service is NOT affected by holidays, we will be there.

Please have all garbage out by 7:00 AM on the day of service.

If you choose to lock your dumpster, South Tahoe Refuse must have the current combination. We are not responsible for lost, broken, missing, or otherwise unusable locking devices. Please make sure they are in working order and your bin is accessible for garbage removal. Thank you!

Effective Immediately: 

Garbage collectors will NOT pick up any loose garbage. All trash must be contained in bags within trashcans and secured with a lid. If trash becomes scattered outside of its container, it is the responsibility of the customer to pick it up due to the elevated risk to STR employees.

Our office is currently open to the public, while adhering to CDC guidelines. Customer service representatives are also available by calling (530) 541-5105.

Be Bear Aware.

Please note:  If you are a local resident, please consider whether or not you truly need a bear box. 
MOST permanent residents (90%) do not need to purchase a bear box.  If you have any questions, please give us a call!

It’s always bear season in The Lake Tahoe Basin! Keep bins closed and locked, contain all garbage to protect from animal access.

Make sure to keep all animals out of garbage by:

  • Making sure garbage is curbside no sooner than the morning of collection. 
  • Using cans with tight fitting lids, even inside bear boxes.
  • Making sure bear boxes are secure.

Be a part of the solution to mitigate animal access.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

Sustainability is the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

It’s a balancing act, but everyone can do their part. Think reduce. It’s a step toward Zero Waste and reduced greenhouse gasses. Less demand means less stress on the environment to provide for us now, as well as future generations. Just using less plastic has a huge impact.

Try eliminating just 1 plastic item from your life for one week. Could you live without it now? Even small efforts support sustainability. Think before you buy, before you use. 

Recycling helps, but Reduce and Reuse have the biggest impact. Conservation or smart use of water, fuels, energy, or commercially processed food can make a difference now and in the future.

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