KTMB needs volunteers for April 27 community cleanup

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Volunteers will be cleaning up illegal dump sites, removing invasive weeds and beautifying community neighborhoods during Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful’s Great Community Cleanup Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 8am – noon.

Volunteers will be at more than 20 cleanup sites throughout the Truckee Meadows April 27. This event is possible thanks to the generosity and hard work of all of the volunteers who join together to help clean up their community. Last year, more than 800 volunteers removed more than 64 tons of illegally dumped trash and invasive weeds.

Volunteers are being recruited for this year’s cleanup; sign up here..

“Illegal dumping is a complex issue, but we are making progress on addressing it in our community through increased patrolling, cleanups and education”, says Christi Cakiroglu, KTMB’s Executive Director. “We work to connect our community with important resources and education, such as KTMB’s Recycling Guide, to help prevent these problems before they occur, as well as organizing the cleanup efforts for our community.”

For the last 13 years, KTMB has coordinated the Illegal Dumping Task Force – a group of over 50 vested partners including the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, municipalities, recreating groups, and private citizens. This group meets regularly to discuss current illegal dumping sites, to support KTMB’s Great Community Cleanup and to work on long-term solutions to prevent illegal dumping.

Local community members can report illegal dumpsites or illegal dumping activities by calling 329-DUMP or through the WCSO app, free in the app store.

KTMB's Great Community Cleanup is made possible thanks to the Truckee River Fund through the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, Washoe County Health District, NV Energy Foundation, Sun Valley General Improvement District, Bureau of Land Management, Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Spaces, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, City of Reno, City of Sparks, The North Face Explore Fund, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Nevada Department of Wildlife, SaveMart, Great Basin Brewery, RT Donovan, Waste Management, RAD, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, The Nature Conservancy, Pepsi, RT Donovan, Rubbish Runners and Tires Plus.