Nevada County is committed to providing recycling to Residents by working with various local agencies, community services and, Waste Management and Cal Recycle.
Programs and Annual events such as the Tire Amnesty, Green Waste Days, and programs such as the Refuel your Fun Campaign for refillable and recyclable propane canisters are just a few of the ways the Solid & Hazardous Waste Division is working to keep Nevada County clean
RECYCLING FACILITIES MAP
Use our Recycling Facilities interactive map to find out where the different recycling facilities are located throughout Nevada County.
The Solid & Hazardous Waste Division has compiled a list of Recycling Programs, Events, and Resources to help the Public with their recycling needs.
- Waste Management Recycling Resources
- Carpet Recycling
- Mattress Recycling Programs
- Clothing Recycling Opportunities
- Refuel Your Fun Campaign
- Less Toxic Chemicals
- Opt out of Phone Books and Junk Mail
- Organics Recycling
- Tire Amnesty Event
- China's Policies Impact Local Recycling
Waste Management Recycling Resources
Carpet and padding recycling program is now found at the McCourtney Road Transfer Station.
- Carpet and padding must be separated and rolled into manageable lengths.
- No area rugs or scraps are accepted.
- Drop off in the Public Receiving Area (where trash is normally dropped off.
Free Mattress Recycling Program
In the State of California, you have several options to dispose of an unwanted mattress.
- Retailer Take Back
- When you buy a new mattress and are having it delivered, ask your retailer about taking your old one back at no additional cost. Learn More
- Bulky Item Programs
- Residents in western unincorporated Nevada County: In January of each calendar year, Waste Management provides to Residential Customers who subscribe to Collection Services one annual transfer station voucher for 2-cubic yards of free disposal of Bulky Waste at the Transfer Station.
- Residents in eastern unincorporated Nevada County: Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal provides curbside collection of Bulky Waste to Residential Customers who subscribe to Collection Services for an additional charge.
- Residents in the cities of Grass Valley and Nevada City should inquire with their municipality or with Waste Management about their options.
- Residents in the city of Truckee should inquire with their municipality or with Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal about their options.
- Drop off your mattress at a participating Bye Bye Mattress location
- Nevada County residents can recycle mattresses for free at McCourtney Road Transfer Station in Grass Valley and Eastern Regional Landfill in Truckee. Drop-off limits apply. The Eastern Regional Landfill program is seasonal from May through October. For details and additional options, visit Bye Bye Mattress Recycling for Households.
- Nevada County businesses can learn about options at Bye Bye Mattresses Recycling for Businesses.
About the Bye Bye Mattress Program
In Nevada County, approximately 125 mattresses are discarded each week.
Thanks to this program, 1.5 million mattresses and box springs are diverted from California landfills annually and used to make other useful products like carpet padding, insulation, filters, and mulch. It's also helping our community deter illegal dumping. Bye Bye Mattress is administered by the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC), a non-profit organization created by the mattress industry and certified by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to develop and manage the California mattress recycling program required by the Used Mattress Recovery & Recycling Act enacted in 2013. The program is funded through an $10.50 recycling fee that is collected when a mattress or box spring is sold in California. To learn more, go to ByeByeMattress.com.
Wondering what to do with old clothing?
Reuse or recycle used clothing at these locations.
Refuel Your Fun Campaign - Propane Cylinders
The ReFuel Your Fun (RFYF) Campaign promotes the use of the new refillable 1 lb. propane cylinders and the proper disposal of single-use 1 lb. cylinders. The single-use or disposable 1 lb. cylinders are currently costing local government money to recycle and pose a safety threat to sanitation workers due to their potential to combust when compressed during disposal. Refillable cylinders also save consumers money and hassle!
All participating locations can be found on the RFYF website home page or at refuelyourfun.org.
Local locations include:
- HBE Rentals, located at 11727 LaBarr Meadows Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95945.
- InnTown Campground, located at 9 Kidder Ct, Nevada City, CA 95959
Opting out of Phone Book Delivery and Junk Mail
Many consumers prefer to search online or on their mobile devices for local businesses. For those who no longer wish to receive print directories delivered to their homes, Yellow Pages publishers have developed a simple way for consumers to stop or limit phone book delivery through Yellow Pages Opt-Out.
Tire Amnesty Event - Check Back for Next Event Date
In an effort to reduce illegal dumping, Waste Management, Nevada County, the Bureau of Land Management - California, and the U.S. Forest Service- Tahoe National Forest host an annual tire amnesty event - usually in the fall.
**Tractor tires, commercial tires, or tires with rims are not allowed.
The export of baled recyclable materials is a key component of California's recycling infrastructure. CalRecycle estimates that a third of all recyclable material generated in California annually is currently exported to foreign markets, and 62 percent of that goes to China. This movement of materials is critical for allowing the state and local jurisdictions to reach their recycling and diversion goals.
However, in July 2017, China announced a policy called National Sword, which limits the import of contaminated recyclable commodities and increases inspections of recyclable commodity imports. In October, the Solid Waste Association of North America issued a notification about the policy, which goes into effect in March 2018. This policy change is already starting to have adverse impacts on California and may result in more material being disposed of in landfills or in the closure of in-state recycling facilities. In addition, changes in China's policies may have significant impacts on California's economy, as recyclable materials exported from California had a total vessel value of $4.6 billion in 2016, and on California's broader environmental goals.
Learn more about the organizations that the Solid Waste Division partners with on recycling.
California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) brings together the state's recycling and waste management programs and continues a tradition of environmental stewardship.
Through landmark initiatives like the Integrated Waste Management Act and Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, California works toward a society that uses less, recycles more, and takes resource conservation to higher and higher levels. Our state leads the nation with an approximate 65 percent diversion rate for all materials, and today recycling supports more than 140,000 green jobs in California.
CalRecycle's vision is to inspire and challenge Californians to achieve the highest waste reduction, recycling and reuse goals in the nation. Through innovation and creativity, sound advancements in science and technology, and efficient programs that improve economic vitality and environmental sustainability, we build a stronger California.
For more on our programs, please read the What We Do page, or see our CalRecycle brochure, also available in a Spanish-language version.
- How can my business become a used oil collection center?
View requirements from Cal Recycle to become a certified used oil collection center in Nevada County.
- What requirements are there concerning organics recycling?
Learn about mandatory commercial organics recycling including food waste and green waste.
- Where can I find information about waste in general and fluorescent lightbulbs?
Visit the following links for more information on general waste and recycling