Recycling Resources during COVID-19

Check here for our most up-to-date resources and recommendations of how to recycle and dispose of common items during the COVID-19 situation.

Please follow strict social distancing guidelines if you choose to utilize any of these resources and do not go out if you are sick.

Waste Management and Recycling Updates

  • Update: Starting June 22nd, Waste Management will be reopening there recycling drop-off. The drop-off has been split up into two:

    • Cardboard can be dropped off at 1100 E. Commercial Row Monday – Friday from 7:30AM-3:00PM

    • Drop-off for single stream mixed recyclables will be across the street at the Sage St Transfer Station (1392 E. Commercial Row) 7 days a week.

  • Update: Starting June 1st, Waste Management will be resuming their curbside excessive waste pick-up for customers in the City of Sparks and unincorporated Washoe County.

  • Waste Management has closed public access to all Northern Nevada Facilities except the Lockwood Regional Landfill and the Sage St. Transfer Station on Commercial Row. The landfill and transfer station will not be accepting cash, but residents can use a credit card or one of their four free drop-off allowances.

  • Their annual free dump days, usually scheduled for the first three weekends of April, have been postponed until further notice.

  • For Washoe County and City of Sparks Waste Management Customers, the Spring extra bag collection service has been suspended until mid-June.

  • Incline Village Green Waste Collection has been suspended until June 1st.

  • Check here for the most up to date Waste Management information, or follow this link to sign up for notifications from Waste Management regarding your service.

  • Make sure you still Recycle Right during this crisis. Here are some of the basics:

    • Keep food and liquid out of your recycling.

    • Keep all loose or film plastics out there.

    • Make sure any recyclable plastic is clean and dry before putting it in your bin.

    • If you or someone in your home has tested positive for the coronavirus, do not recycle your recyclables; place them in a bag that is securely closed and discard them in your trash container.

Local Recycling Resources – Updated Resources as of 5/29/2020

  • Clothing

    • [DSW] is open an accepting shoes in good condition. They will give you $5 store credit. Must have an account with them.

    • Eclipse Running accepts shoes for donation, they ask you wear a mask to enter the store.

  • Hazardous Waste

    • Sparks Police Department is accepting prescription drugs and creams. They are not accepting syringes and needles. If you say you have prescription drugs at the front they will let you in.

    • Sharps (lancets, syringes, needle) Disposal: Both Northern Nevada HOPES and the Washoe County Health District will accept this material. Northern Nevada Hopes drop-off is located at their Eastern Entrance at 445 Ralston St and WCHD drop-off is at 1001 E. 9th St. on the first floor of building B.

    • Reno Drain Oil Service is open but only operating for pick-up. They will collect household hazardous waste like antifreeze, oil, or wastewater contaminated with oil. Please call 775-342-0351 for more information.

    • Reno Rendering Co accepts used cooking oil and grease.

  • General Recycling

    • Gone Green is open, however they are only accepting carpet pads, cardboard, and plastic wrap. Please call (775) 525-1447 for information on their hours of operation.

    • Atlas Molded Products will accept Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) that is white, clean, and free of debris from Community Members. Please drop-off between 7AM and 6PM to the drop off shack in their parking lot.

    •  Green Solutions Recycling is open on weekdays from 7AM – 4PM and Saturdays from 7AM – Noon.

      • They will take any of their regularly accepted materials, including: newspaper, chipboard, corrugated cardboard, mixed waste paper, glass containers, aluminum, steel or tin cans, plastics #1-7. See their website for more information.

  • Gear Hut is taking consignment again. Bring them your old sporting gear in good condition. Masks are required to enter the store. Hours: Wed – Sun, noon – 7PM. Call775-219-4612 for more information.

  • Books

    • Grassroots Books  has Contactless Donation Stations in their parking lot. They accept books, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, comics, board games, and bookcases. They are open 7am to 7pm, except when it is raining. Call ahead if you have a truckload, and they’ll put pallets out for you, before you arrive.  Call (775) 828-2665 for more information (push 4 to bypass the phone menu).

    • Spread the Word Nevada accepts donations of gently used PK-6th grade books. Drop-off Tuesday-Thursday between 10AM and 2PM or by appointment outside of normal hours.

  • Green Waste or Food Waste

    • After brief closure, RT Donovan on Pyramid Hwy is open and accepting clean yard waste. They are open from 8AM – 2:45PM.

    • Down to Earth Composting is still doing their weekly drop-off and pick-up services. Consider using your extra time at home to get started with their program.

  • Habitat for Humanity has resumed limited donation collection. Due to the crisis, they are being particularly picky about what they will accept. Please call them at (775)323-5511 to see if they will accept your items. Hours: 10AM – 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday.

  • Salvation Army is taking donations, including mattresses in good condition with no stains or tears.

  • Reno Sparks Gospel Mission is accepting donations during their regular hours.

  • Electronic Waste

          Please remember: electronic waste cannot be put your curbside trash can.

  • Scrap Metal

  • Bike Collection

    • Reno Bike Project is still operating and taking donations of used bicycles. To donate your bicycle, please call 755-499-5386. They’re hours are 10AM -5PM Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, and 10AM – 6PM Thursday and Friday.

    • Kiwanis Bike Program is open and taking bikes. They are open Wed – Sat from 10AM – 3PM.

  • Junk King Reno is open with touchless pickup and no contact payment. Go to their website to make an appointment.

    • They will take furniture, televisions, appliances, e-waste, mattresses, and more.

  • Pick-n-Pull has been deemed an essential business and remains open weekdays 9AM – 6PM and weekends 8AM – 6PM. They buy and sell used cars and will pay cash for junk cars.

  • Light bulbs and batteries

    • Batteries Plus is open at all of their Reno/Sparks locations and will take your old batteries and bulbs.

    • All Home Depot locations accept CFL lightbulbs and will recycle batteries from power tools.

    • Have Lights Will Travel is open to recycle lightbulbs.

  • Tires

  • The Pallet Depot will accept untreated, unpainted pallets and lumber.

  • Consign Furniture accepts furnishings and items that have very minimal wear and tear, are of good quality, and come from non-smoking households, and items that are of a current style.

  • Postal Annex+ accepts air pillows.

  • Washoe County Sheriff’s Office will accept prescription pills.

  • The UPS Store will accept bubble wrap.

  • NN Auto Wrecking Group accepts car and boat batteries.

  • Professional Dog Mom accepts all plastic bags that purchased with dog food or dog treats — no paper bags or cat litter bags.

If you are looking to recycle or donate an item that is not on this page, or if you don’t want to pay the associated fees for any of these resources,  please try and hold onto it until the resources become available again.

We are updating this page frequently with more recycling resources that are still available. Please check back for more information.