General Contact Number: (530) 621-5567

Solid Waste

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El Dorado County Ordinance 5083, the Bear-Proof Garbage Can Requirements Ordinance, establishes requirements for the proper storage of residential and commercial garbage in the unincorporated portions of El Dorado County that lie within the boundaries of the Silver Fork, Tahoe Truckee Unified, and Lake Tahoe Unified School Districts. The ordinance is intended to enhance public health and safety by eliminating conditions that attract bears (and other wildlife) to inhabited areas.


Approved bear resistant garbage can enclosures are required:

  • for all new residential or remodel projects;
  • in areas where it has been determined by the Environmental Management Department that there is a bear or other animal access problem;
  • all new vacation home rentals;
  • all existing vacation home rentals (must comply by October 15, 2018)

All bear resistant garbage can enclosures must be front loading (not top), hold 32 gallon trash cans, weigh no more than 50 pounds (loaded) and be approved by your service provider.  

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For more information please visit the following links:

Image of Bear PawEl Dorado County Ordinance 5083

Image of Bear PawEl Dorado County Municode - Chapter 8.76 Bear Proof Garbage Can Requirements

Image of Bear PawLetter to Vacation Home Rental Permittees

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Or Contact:
South Lake Tahoe Environmental Management Department
924 B Emerald Bay Rd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 573-3450

Other Related Information:

Image of Bear Paw BEAR League 
Image of Bear PawTahoe Donner Association 
Image of Bear PawList of Approved Bear Resistant Garbage Can Enclosures