Douglas Disposal proposes pilot curbside recycling |

Douglas Disposal proposes pilot curbside recycling

Hundreds of plastic bottles destined for recycling are seen here at the Douglas County Transfer Station in April.
Brad Coman |

With a better than 62-percent recycling rate, Douglas County leads the Silver State, according to the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection.

Starting on Feb. 1, 2017, Douglas Disposal & Recycling Services is proposing a six-month pilot curbside recycling program in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

According to the company, 140 customers will be offered totes for single stream recycling at no charge.

The totes will be picked up every other week and take the materials to a regional facility for baling and shipping to recycling manufacturers.

“While our current recycling programs have helped Douglas County maintain one of the highest recycling rates in the state, many of our customers want to do more and have been asking for a curbside recycling program as part of their collection service,” Douglas Disposal President Jeff Tillman said in a letter to county commissioners.

The pilot program would take place between Kimmerling and Long Valley roads in the Ranchos.

Rather than sorting recyclables, customers would place all their recyclables into a single container for pickup.

Tillman said the program would allow the company to determine how much material was generated, and how much the program would cost, along with customer interest.

“The County Board of Commissioners ultimately decides which recycling programs will be provided and how to pay for them,” he said. “We believe that expanding recycling in the Carson Valley is right for our customers, right for our communities and right for our environment.”

While Douglas Disposal has the franchise for trash collection and recycling in the county, the towns of Minden and Gardnerville each operate their own trash collection services.

Carson Valley residents currently sort and transport their own recycling, which coupled with other programs have put the county well ahead of the rest of the state for years.

At some point, Gardnerville Town Manager Tom Dallaire has said he thinks the Nevada Legislature will mandate some sort of curbside recycling.