That worn-out couch in your front yard, yeah, your neighbors probably think itâ€™s time you get rid of it. That mattress propped up against your house, yep, same thing. The thick layer of pine needles covering your would-be grass is not only unpleasant for your children to walk barefoot across, it is also a fire hazard.
The snow has melted and summer is quickly approaching, which means, it is spring cleaning time! Heavenly, through the Vail Resorts Echo program, is teaming up with various local partners to help keep our community spick-and-span. These events arenâ€™t just important to the residents of the South Lake Tahoe area, but they are important for our guests, as they help keep the community looking its best for those who travel here, either from a nearby city or state or from across the globe.
Speaking of which, visitors to our lovely community can also do their part by following some of these simple eco-friendly rules:
– Throw trash in the trash can. In Texas, there is an anti-littering slogan of â€œDonâ€™t Mess with Texas.â€ In Tahoe, ours is more associated with â€œKeep Tahoe Blue.â€ While it is the slogan of a league that is dedicated to preserving and restoring the purity of the sapphire-blue waters of the lake, this bumper-sticker tag line has become an iconic symbol of love and protection for the lake because what happens on the land can affect the lake. So please, use the trash receptacles.
– Leave no trace. When out on the trail or down on the beach, pack out what you pack in. Before you go, think about what you are taking. Is there a better way to carry those six plastic bottles of water? Try a water jug or reusable Nalgen bottle or Camelback.
– Recycle when possible. The easiest place to do this is in your hotel room, where most offer trash cans dedicated to recyclable material. Bring it back and put it in that specially-marked can.
– Reuse everything. From plastic bags or bottles to pickle jars, almost everything can be used more than once or twice. Be creative. Like Jack Johnsonâ€™s song says: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
May 26 to July 8, 2012 â€“ Compost Your Combustibles
Every spring, it is important to contribute to fuels reduction efforts by ridding property of any combustibles. With a low natural snow total this winter, fire prevention is especially important heading into the warm summer months. Now is the time for all Tahoe Douglas County residents to drop off pine needles, slash and other natural vegetation for FREE, thanks to the South Tahoe Refuse and Recycling Services, Heavenly, the Tahoe Douglas Fire Department, and the Tahoe Village Homeowners Association! Donâ€™t forget: May 26-July 8, 2012; seven days a week from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Boulder Lodge Parking Lot (140 S. Benjamin Drive, Stateline, NV). All material must be loose, no bags, and free of all contamination.No commercial dumping or material containing weeds or rocks is allowed.
June 2, 2012 — Annual Community Cleanup Day
Heavenly has partnered with Clean Tahoe again this spring to provide a one-day only, discounted drop-off rate for El Dorado County Residents in South Lake Tahoe at the South Tahoe Refuse Transfer Station. For $5.00 per truckload, residents can drop off furniture, tires, appliances, mattresses and electronics. Nevada residents can also dump a truckload for $10 apiece. Free secure document shredding and free e-waste disposal is also being offered. Those refrigerators, that normally cost almost $40 to drop off, are only $15! Donâ€™t forget: Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the South Tahoe Refuse Transfer Station (2140 Ruth Ave, South Lake Tahoe).
Mark your calendars, and bust out the brooms!
~ Sally Gunter, Public Relations Coordinator