Upcoming Events

20th Annual Turkey Trot

The City of Sparks and Scheels will once again be hosting the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. This year, 2018, will be the 20th annual Thanksgiving morning trot. Participants have the option of walking or running 2 miles or a 10K. Registration is now open, so lace up your running shoes and reserve your spot today!

Register now! 


Prescription Drug Roundup

October 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Acceptable Items include unneeded prescription drugs (in original containers with patient name marked out), prescription liquids, pet medications


CVS – 5019 S. McCarran Blvd.

Raley’s – 18144 Wedge Parkway

SaveMart – 10500 N. McCarran Blvd.

Smith’s – 750 South Meadows Parkway

Smith’s – 175 Lemmon Drive

UNR – Corner of 9th St. and Center


Smith’s – 1255 Baring Blvd.

Waste Management Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Educator Spotlight

Diana Arnold
This quarter we’d like to shine the spotlight on Diana Arnold as Beautiful Educator. Diana is a teacher at Westergard Elementary School and recently did something no other teacher has done with KTMB: she organized a school field trip to the Sensory Garden with the entire Westergard Elementary School 2nd grade class! Diana took the unique opportunity to take the classroom outdoors! Over 100 students had a full day of fun and engaging activities facilitated by KTMB and our partners at NDOW and Nevada Mines and Minerals where they learned about ecosystems, the Truckee River Watershed, Mayflies, and cool minerals! Diana also attended KTMB’s Fall Teacher Training in September where she learned the ins and outs of our NGSS curricula and how to apply them in her classroom!  She also had some of our passionate educators visit her classroom to help in KTMB’s mission of cultivating environmental stewards. Thanks for all you do, Diana!


Beautiful Business

Nominate a business today for a Golden Pinecone! 
Local non-profit GREENevada announced that it will host the 2019 Golden Pinecone Sustainability Awards to honor outstanding organizations and individuals for their achievements toward improving and sustaining the environment. The 2019 Golden Pinecone Sustainability Awards will take place on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Reno, Nevada. The theme for the event is “The Art of Sustainability.” GREENevada is seeking nominations for the annual Golden Pinecone Sustainability Awards. Winners will be chosen in each of the following eight (8) categories:
* Individual (Volunteer, Agency Representative or Public Figure)
* Nonprofit Organization or Federal/State Agency
* Small Business
* Medium to Large Business
* Youth Leadership
* Educational Programming
* Educator
* Sustainability Milestone(s)
The same individual or organization may be nominated for more than one category. Nominations must be received by Noon, on Friday, November 30. For a listing of past recipients, visit the GREENevada Website.

Beautiful News

Truckee River Cleanup Results 
On Saturday, October 13, 776 volunteers came out to help make our Truckee River and its surrounding watershed cleaner and healthier by participating in KTMB’s Truckee River Cleanup! Volunteers worked at 22 sites spread along the river and throughout the watershed, removing invasive weeds, picking up trash, and stenciling storm drains. Ensuring these potentially hazardous items get disposed of properly not only creates a more beautiful community, but a safer and healthier one as well. Preliminary results from the cleanup show that 24,450 pounds of trash and 108,810 pounds of invasive weeds and green waste were removed during Saturday’s cleanup event. 324 storm drains were stenciled, hundreds of storm drain educational door hangers distributed, 42 plants and two pounds of seed were planted, and 67 tires were removed. This important effort helps protect our water quality by removing trash and hazardous waste from our river and surrounding tributaries, and helps to mitigate fire risk. Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday – you truly helped to keep the Truckee Meadows beautiful!
Just a friendly reminder to all you KTMBer’s that KTMB is the Charity of the Month for October at Rapscallion! If you find yourself dining with Rapscallion this month, just tell them you’d like your purchase to support KTMB and they will take care of the rest!

How to KTMB Every Day

How do I get rid of all this paint? 
We get calls to our office from the community all the time asking how to dispose of various items. One of the questions we get the most… How do I get rid of paint? If you have old half-used containers of latex-based paint lying around, you can mix some kitty litter into it and leave it out in the sun to dry. Once it’s dry, leave the top off and it can go in your curbside trash bin! If you have an oil based paint or more paint than you’d like to mix with kitty litter, you can take it to H2O Environmental, we encourage you to call them first at 775-351-2237. For answers to questions like this, you can check out our Recycling Guide on the KTMB website, or featured weekly in the Reno News & Review!