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Locals clean up burner trash

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Published: Sep. 3, 2018 at 6:12 PM PDT
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The Desert Pigs organization has moved efforts beyond Dayton, to help clean up trash from Burning Man.

"Just cleaning up the desert and we started in Dayton and now we're expanding to other cities, and now this is our chance to pitch in to get all the burner trash that hits Reno and Sparks," Phil Wooley, president of the Desert Pigs, says.

Wooley says they've collected about a trailer load's worth of trash from burners leaving the playa. He says they are responding well to what the organization is doing.

"When they take a chance to actually talk to us, they get really excited about what we're doing, and you know a lot of these guys are just tired and want to get home," he says.

The Desert Pigs originally started picking up and cleaning up areas in Dayton, but decided this was a good time to expand to the Reno-Sparks area.

Phil brought his 11-year-old daughter, Marley, to help out with efforts. She says this has been a great way to spend the weekend.

"After they're done at Burning Man, they have to take out the trash, but they don't have anywhere to put it, so they put it in the desert, and what we're trying to do is collect it so that it doesn't ruin our ecosystem," Marely says.

The Desert Pigs say they plan to expand to multiple towns and cities across Nevada to help keep neighborhoods clean and free from trash.

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