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Posted on: July 13, 2023

Alternatives to Burning in Placer County

Alternatives to Burning in Placer County

Discover other methods of reducing vegetation during the summer months

AUBURN, Calif. – Beginning Monday, June 26th, 2023, CAL FIRE suspended outdoor residential burning in Placer County. This yearly burn ban usually takes effect in the early summer months due to increased fire danger and lasts until sufficient precipitation moistens vegetation. 

There are several alternative options to residential burning available to Placer County residents who want to dispose of their vegetation during the summer months such as chipping, composting, green waste bins, and self-hauling stations. 

Western Placer County

The Placer Resource Conservation District offers a low-cost residential chipping program to reduce vegetation and promote defensible space. 

Green waste bins are available from Recology Auburn Placer for Auburn, Colfax, Loomis, Rocklin, and in most areas of unincorporated Placer County. The City of Lincoln and the City of Roseville have their own green waste services. Self-hauling stations are located at the Western Placer Waste Management Authority (Lincoln), the Auburn Transfer Station, and the Meadow Vista Transfer Station (fees apply at each) and at the Foresthill Transfer Station for the Foresthill Fee Area residents.

Eastern Placer County

Outside of Truckee there is a self-hauling station located at the Eastern Regional Landfill. Placer County residents can drop off six cubic yards of green waste for free from May 31 – October 31.  

North Lake Tahoe 

The North Tahoe Fire Protection District hosts a curbside chipping program for residents who live in its jurisdiction. Requests can be made until October 9, 2023.  

Olympic Valley

Olympic Valley residents are eligible for 100% reimbursement for green waste dumpster rentals from the Eastern Regional Landfill. Residents can also drop off green waste loads in the lot across from the Olympic Valley Fire Department on specified drop off days. 

Truckee Fire Protection District

TFPD offers residential curbside green waste pick-up free of charge from May to October. TFPD also offers a $75 rebate for the cost of a 6-yard green waste dumpster rental from Eastern Regional Landfill available until July 31st for Placer County residents while funds last. There is also a FireWise Community Green Waste Dumpster Rebate for FireWise Community Workday events.  


Composting is easy and can be done at home. Contact the UC Davis Master Gardeners’ Rotline at 530-889-7399 for information on how to compost.


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