Programs > Open Space Cleanups

Thank you to more than 4,300 volunteers who removed nearly 800 tons of trash and invasive weeds from our open spaces since 2006! This year, KTMB’s Great Community Cleanup is scheduled for May 10, 2014. 

BAHiddenValleyKTMB began conducting Open Space Cleanups in 2001, organizing and mobilizing groups of volunteers to help preserve and maintain publicly-owned areas within the Truckee Meadows.

In 2006, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, working with Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space, Washoe County Environmental Health, City of Sparks, Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service, and the City of Reno, established the Great Truckee Meadows Community Cleanup (GTMCC).

Focusing on “hot spot” areas in and around the Truckee Meadows, more than 500 volunteers removed 77 tons of trash at the first GTMCC. Since then, volunteers have removed nearly 800 tons of trash from our open spaces and other “hot spot” areas.

As a result of this collaboration, KTMB and municipal land owners realized cleaning up after illegal dumpers is not the best way to prevent illegal dumping. Thus the Illegal Dumping Task Force was created to address the best ways to educate the Truckee Meadows community. For more information about how you can help the Illegal Dumping Task Force, send us an email or call 775.851.5185.

Report illegal dumping; call the Illegal Dumping Hotline at 329-DUMP.

Sponsors for the 2013 Great Community Cleanup included: Allied Nevada Gold, AT&T, The Truckee River Fund, Bureau of Land Management, City of Reno, City of Sparks, International Game Technology, NV Energy, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Sun Valley General Improvement District, United States Forest Service, Washoe County Health District, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, and Whole Foods.

Partners for the 2013 Great Community Cleanup included:  Boys & Girls Club of the Truckee Meadows, Bridgestone-Firestone, Castaway Trash Hauling, Friends of the Nevada Wilderness, Hobey’s Casino & Restaurant, Lifestyle Homes, Nature’s Bakery, Nevada Department of Agriculture, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Nevada Land Trust, New Belgium Brewing Company, Pepsi Bottling Group, The Chamber, The Nature Conservancy, Tires Plus, Truckee Meadows Weed Coordinating Group, and Waste Management.