History

KTMB MISSION
Dedicated to creating a cleaner, more beautiful region through education and active community involvement for 25 years

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Started by the Biggest Little City Committee, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful was founded in 1989 under the name Western Nevada Clean Communities. A clean community was one of the Committee’s major priorities, and they began the Adopt-A-Park program to involve citizens in hands-on volunteer activities to spruce up parks and the Truckee River.  

Based on the success of the Adopt-A-Park program, and realizing the entire community would benefit from a year-round focus on the issue of cleanliness, the members set about developing a new, separate organization affiliated with Keep America Beautiful and in January 1989, Western Nevada Clean Communities (WNCC) officially became the organization we know and love today: Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB). 

The Mayors Love KTMB!Adopt-A-Park remains a key program, joined by Phone Book Recycling in 1991, the kick-off of the Nevada Keep it Clean Campaign in 1992, Christmas Tree Recycling in 1993, and Adopt-A-Spot roadside litter cleanup in 1994. In 1997, KTMB partnered with the City of Reno to develop a Graffiti Hotline, which later evolved into Reno Direct and the 329-DUMP illegal dumping hotline. A presentation for children developed first by The Trash Lady, Beth Isaef, morphed over the years into the Waste Warriors™ education program.

In 2014, we celebrated our 25 years of stewardship in Northern Nevada and are still dedicated to creating a cleaner, more beautiful region through education and active community involvement. All of our programs are geared toward educating the public about the economic and health hazards of litter and illegal dumping; reducing our waste; eliminating trash from our parks, roadways and open spaces; making our community a beautiful and safe place to live; and giving opportunities for residents and businesses to take pride and ownership in their home.
 
KTMB works with more than 3,000 volunteers from Northern Nevada and neighboring areas every year. For more information on how you can get involved as a volunteer or donate to our community-funded organization, contact us!