Waste Management takes action with Burner trash

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FERNLEY, Nev. (KOLO) -- With Burning Man coming to a close, Burners are headed back from the playa with plenty of trash in tow.

"Most burners we're finding want to do the right thing, they want to leave no trace, they just need a place to go," Waste Management’s Kendra Kostelecky said.

More than 70,000 people are headed back this week, and sometimes their trash can end up where it does not belong.

"We've had some concerns in the past with mostly the big box stores along the way where people might stop and find those open dumpsters and chuck their trash," Kostelecky said.

This practice is technically illegal and potentially costly for those businesses.

"When those business have their dumpsters over flow, of course they're concerned that they're going to be charged by us for that dumping, which shouldn't happen," Kostelecky said.

So Waste Management is taking action, opening the Fernley Transfer Station from Saturday non-stop through Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

This means those Burners coming off the playa will have a place to throw their trash at all times of the day or night.

Burning Man organizers are directing Burners to use this facility.

"They're really pushing the message, but getting people to change their behavior, and to come this far out of their way, because it really is out of their way, is kind of difficult, so we'll see how it goes, we hope it's successful this year,” Kostelecky said.