COVID-19 has brought more people than usual to visit Lake Tahoe and with them has come an influx of trash. Officials are struggling to keep the city clean of cigarette butts, random plastic pieces, food wrappers, food waste, paper pieces and more. In addition to larger crowds, visitors are also handling their waste differently this year, with bagged trash being left outside of dumpsters.
“Trash has always been a challenge, but this year, COVID-19 has added pressure,” said U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Public Services Staff Officer Daniel Cressy.
California State Parks are reporting similar situations.