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Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful Launches New Online Recycling Guide

Published by Christina on September 24, 2020, in General, Recent Projects, Social Media

Do you ever find yourself wondering how to properly dispose of various items? If you’ve ever asked questions like “Can this be recycled?”, “What should I do with leftover paint?”, or “Why can’t I recycle plastic bags curbside?”, then Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) has the answer for you! In an effort to help our community find answers to these frequently asked recycling questions KTMB has launched a comprehensive, easy-to-use online recycling guide to help local residents and businesses learn how to properly recycle and dispose of hundreds of everyday items. The new guide also provides tips and guides for sustainable living. 

To learn more and explore the interactive guide visit: www.ktmb.org/recycle

“We are so excited to launch this new resource to help our community members live more sustainably by reducing, reusing, and of course, recycling,” says Christi Cakiroglu, Executive Director of KTMB. “This new online tool is extremely comprehensive. It not only answers the most common questions people have but also provides information on how to properly dispose of many items, including those that can go in your curbside bin, and helpful tips for waste reduction and disposal of household items in an environmentally responsible manner. The guide was created by The Recyclist and is maintained by KTMB staff with funding from the Washoe County Health District, so all the information is kept up-to-date and accurate for the Truckee Meadows. We strongly encourage everyone to check out this wonderful new community resource!”

Funding for this community recycling guide provided by the Washoe County Health District.

KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling Program is open now through January 7, 2019

Published by Christina on December 28, 2018, in Fundraising, General, Recent Projects, Uncategorized


Reno, NV (December 28, 2018) — As residents of the Truckee Meadows buy Christmas trees and begin decorating their holiday centerpiece, local nonprofit Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is spreading the word about what to do with the trees when it’s time to take them down. Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) will be hosting its 25th annual Christmas Tree Recycling program, now through Monday, January 7. 


“This is a really fun and festive way to volunteer after the holidays,” says Christi Cakiroglu, Executive Director. “Since this program started 25 years ago, we have diverted 150,000 trees from the landfill and turned them into mulch for weed abatement and landscaping projects in our parks. We have so many wonderful partners and supporters of this program, including the NV Energy Foundation, which has been providing a cash match for every dollar donated, nearly $100,000 over the last eight years to help cover the costs of the program!” In addition to creating mulch to be used for park beautification and projects, Christmas Tree Recycling helps prevent old trees from being left in open spaces or around homes where they pose an unsightly risk for fire danger. 


KTMB encourages residents to recycle their Christmas trees (ornament, flocking and tinsel-free) at one of their six community drop-off locations. KTMB is collaborating with the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District to include additional drop-off locations in the outlying communities of Lemmon Valley, Washoe Valley and Spanish Springs. KTMB will also be posting social medial updates throughout the program with #KTMBeautiful.

Local Boy Scouts of Nevada are also offering pickup of trees to be recycled. For residents who would like to pay to have their tree picked up curbside to be taken for recycling, please visit www.nevadabsa.org for more information. 


What: KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling Program

When: Every day from December 26, 2018 – January 7, 2019. Drop-off sites are open 9am – 4:30pm

Where: Drop-off locations include:

1.      Bartley Ranch Regional Park: 6000 Bartley Ranch Rd, Reno

2.      Reno Sports Complex @ North Rancho San Rafael Park: 2975 N. Virginia Street, Reno

3.      Shadow Mt. Sports Complex:  3300 Sparks Blvd, Sparks

4.      Truckee Meadows Fire Station – Spanish Springs: 500 Rockwell Blvd

5.      Truckee Meadows Fire Station – Lemmon Valley: 130 Nectar Street

6.      Truckee Meadows Fire Station – Washoe Valley: 1240 East Lake Blvd

Suggested Donation: $3 suggested donation to help cover the cost of the program and for every dollar donated NV Energy will match it.
How: This program is for residents only. Commercial tree lots can take their trees to RT Donovan in Sparks. Tree must be free of stands, nails, tinsel, lights, and all other decorations. Flocked trees will not be accepted.
Volunteer: Volunteers are needed to help at the Bartley, Reno Sports Complex and Shadow Mountain locations. Sign up to volunteer at ktmb.org/volunteer or (775) 851-5185.


KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling is coordinated by Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and is made possible by the NV Energy Foundation, Washoe County Health District, City of Reno, City of Sparks, Nevada Division of Forestry, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, Washoe County, Nature’s Bakery, and Tholl Fence.