Great Community Cleanup
KTMB’s Great Community Cleanup event focuses on the cleanup of illegal dump sites in the open spaces surrounding the Truckee Meadows as well as the removal of noxious weeds before they bloom and spread. Items removed from the open spaces include appliances, furniture, yard waste, hazardous waste, vehicles and more. Because trash attracts trash, it is imperative to clean up trash in the open spaces before they become extremely hazardous. Each year, more than 700 volunteers attend to help keep our community beautiful.
Education is an important ingredient to preventing illegal dumping which is why KTMB offers it’s Recycling Guide free to the community and provides in-class education to area youth inspiring them to become community stewards.
KTMB began conducting open space cleanups in 2001, 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 Community Cleanup. As a result of this collaboration, KTMB and municipal partners realized it takes more than just cleaning up illegal dump sites to prevent illegal dumping, thus the Illegal Dumping Task Force was created to address the best ways to educate the Truckee Meadows community.