The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District is holding green waste collection days this week to encourage people to create defensible space around their properties.
Defensible space refers to a buffer one creates between their property and the woodland area that surrounds it. Such space helps slow or stop the spread of wildfire and protects homes from catching fire.
Because conditions remain dry, green waste collection is a safe way to discard vegetation, according to the fire protection district. Examples of green waste include dry and dead vegetation, shrubs, tree branches and similar items that are fire hazards.
The free event is open to all Washoe County residents. Collections will not be accepted from landscape companies or contractors.
Events are scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 8 and 15 and from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 9 and 16 at the following locations:
- Silver Lake Fire Station No. 430, 11525 Red Rock Road, Stead
- East Washoe Lake Fire Station No. 32, 1240 E. Lake Blvd., Washoe Valley
The following items won’t be accepted: fresh grass clippings, food, household trash and garbage, artificial plants, construction materials, e-waste, appliances, tires, paint, furniture, batteries or any hazardous materials.
For more information: 775-326-6000 or https://www.washoecounty.us/outreach/2019/10/2019-10-7-green-waste.php
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