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Residential Services

Residential Trash

Trash service is mandatory for all California homeowners in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Having proper service helps prevent the contamination of hazardous, disease-causing materials from entering our environment and waterways.

Pick-up times are subject to change without notice.
Residential Service is NOT affected by Holidays, we will be there!
Please have garbage out no later than 7:00 am on your pick-up day.

The refuse collected by route trucks is processed in our Material Recovery Facility, exposing all recyclables to maximum recovery efforts.

Pick-Up Days & Times

Once assigned, your trash pick-up day will remain the same. Visit the “Find Your Pick Up Day” tab to see your waste collection schedule.

Pick-up times for residential service are subject to change without notice. Please have your garbage out by 7:00 am the day of service. 

Yard Waste

Place yard waste cans (50lb limit) away from your household garbage cans. Your green waste will be picked up on your regular collection day. We pick up plastic bags of green waste, (30lb limit) but consider reducing the use of plastic bags when possible. Overweight cans and bags will not be collected.

What You Need to Do
  • Contain all garbage in cans with lids, even in bear boxes!
  • Bag your garbage to reduce odors.
  • Put your garbage out the morning of pickup, by 7am.
Dumpster Service Information

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!

Customer service representatives are available by calling (530) 541-5105.

Residential Rate Information

El Dorado County residential rate information can be found here.

City of South Lake Tahoe rate information can be found here

Douglas County rate information can be found here

 

Current Acceptable Containers

We gladly service 32-gallon type garbage cans.

  • Garbage must be in suitable 32-gallon or 45-gallon garbage containers, with tight-fitting lids.
  • Garbage cans must weigh less than 50 lbs.
  • Our employees will not try to lift heavy bags, totes or deal with loose garbage. Bagging garbage also reduces litter and odors that attract wildlife.

Please note that with the introduction of our 3-cart system in the fall, we will exclusively service carts/totes owned and placed by STR. Trash collection will only occur for 32-gallon cans in bear boxes or STR garbage carts. We advise against purchasing carts from any box store, as we will not be able to service them.

Nevada Residential Customers

Trash service is not mandatory for Nevada residential customers.

Spring Clean Up May 21, 22, 23 2024

Nevada residential customers household trash and/or yard debris only

6 – 32 gallon garbage bags/can

Picked up curbside on your regular pick-up day only

Low Income Senior Rate

Qualifications:

  • California customers only
  • Liberty Utility CARE participant
  • 65 years or older
  • Permanent, full-time resident
  • Account must be in good standing

For more information, please contact us at:

(530) 541-5105

info@southtahoerefuse.com

Click the button below to Apply to the Low Income Senior Rate program.

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LOW INCOME RATE APPLICATION

To participate in this program, you must qualify for the Liberty Utilities CARE program.

Program requirements:

  • Age 65 or older
  • Current participation in the Liberty Utilities CARE program. Please include a copy of BOTH pages of your most recent billing showing participation in the CARE program.
  • Permanent, Full time South Lake Tahoe resident at said address.
  • Your account with South Tahoe Refuse Company must be in good standing.
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What Goes Where?

Type the name of a waste item and we will tell you where and how to recycle or dispose of it.

Residential Recycling

South Tahoe Refuse recycling rate is at 63%!

In South Tahoe, the material currently collected by route trucks is processed in our Material Recovery Facility, exposing all recyclables to maximum recovery efforts. In addition, we are proud to offer Blue Bag Recycling to our customers. This curbside recycling program is easy and free for our residential customers. 

Learn more about what should go in your blue bag. If you need a blue bag, please contact our office at 530-541-5105 or stop by 2140 Ruth Ave. to pick one up. Once you begin placing recyclables out for collection in a blue bag, it will be replaced each week by our collection department co-workers

Plastic Recycling Info

Is all plastic recyclable? What plastic is used to make what? Find out here!

Mattress Recycling Information

Click below to learn what you need to know about mattress recycling

Additional Recycling Information

Click the button below to study the Blue Bag Pamphlet.

How can I recycle at home?

Simply empty any food and beverage containers and place all of your acceptable recyclable materials in your recycling blue bag so that they can be easily sorted at the Material Recovery Facility.

Not sure if an item is recyclable? Use our Waste Wizard above to see if your item can be placed in your Blue Bag.

Fill your Blue Bags, but don’t overstuff them. Blue Bags should weigh less than 30 lbs. Tie Blue Bags; this keeps recyclables clean and separate from the trash which is collected in the same truck. Please use only the blue recycle bags provided. Remember to place your blue recycle bag out next to your garbage can on your regular pick-up day. Place a Blue Bag out for each bag of trash and receive a new Blue Bag in return. Click here for more information!

We also recycle...
  • Paint
  • Fluorescent Bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Thermometers
  • Pesticides
  • Used Motor Oil and Antifreeze

These items can be recycled at our Household Hazardous Waste facility

Be Water Wise!

Water is not required to clean food containers. Other methods include wiping items using a paper towel or wet wipe. Many food containers can be drained by simply placing the container upside down for a time.

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Residential Yard Waste

Place yard waste cans (50lb limit) away from your household garbage cans. Your green waste will be picked up on your regular collection day. We pick up plastic bags of green waste (30lb limit) but consider reducing the use of plastic bags when possible. Plastic bags do not break down organically and require additional processing. Overweight cans and bags will not be collected. 

All residential customers may also bring unlimited amounts of yard waste to STR for FREE. Click here for more information on where and how to bring your material.

Want to ‘break up’ with plastic and support sustainability efforts?

Check out this video from the UN Environment Programme!

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