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KTMB’s Great Community Cleanup alleviates illegal dumping
On May 11, volunteers will remove estimated 80 tons of trash, invasive weeds; raise awareness
RENO, NV (May 2, 2013) – The afternoon sun shines brightly through the shotgun holes in an old television. A river of plastic chemical bottles snakes away along a ravine. A lump just barely hanging on to its identity as a recliner belches pieces of foam into the wind.
These might sound like scenes from the town dump, but they’re common sites in our parks, recreation areas and open spaces. Thanks to volunteers across the Truckee Meadows, 18 of the worst areas will be cleaned up on May 11 during KTMB’s Great Community Cleanup.
“Every year, hundreds of people who live in – and love – the Truckee Meadows, get together to help keep our home clean and safe for everyone, ” said Christi Cakiroglu, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) executive director. “Illegal dumping and invasive weeds are hidden hazards that take an incredible toll on our community’s health and economy, but both can be so easily prevented when people understand the danger they pose. That’s why our volunteers and events like this one, which both raise such positive awareness, are so important.”
KTMB’s Great Community Cleanup is May 11, 2013, from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Volunteers can choose from a number of park, river and open space sites at www.ktmb.org, and can sign up as individuals, families or groups. Community organizations and workplaces are encouraged to volunteer together, and can visit ktmb.org or call 851.5185 to find out more information. A picnic for volunteers will follow the cleanup.
Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful organizes KTMB’s Great Community Cleanup in partnership with Allied Nevada Gold, AT&T, Bureau of Land Management, City of Reno , City of Sparks , International Game Technology, NV Energy, Reno Sparks Indian Colony, Sun Valley General Improvement District, Truckee River Fund, United States Forest Service – Carson Ranger District/Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space, Washoe County Health District, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, and Whole Foods Market.
KTMB’s Great Community Cleanup began in 2006 as a part of a community-based effort to preserve the natural beauty of local recreation areas and remove the dangers to people and wildlife associated with illegal dump sites and invasive weeds.
Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is private nonprofit supported by community donations dedicated to creating a cleaner, more beautiful region through education and active community involvement. To find out how you can help, call 851.5185 or visit www.ktmb.org.
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