January 22, 2014
by Celeste Tinajero
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Single-stream recycling begins in Reno this month

WMSingleStreamThis month, Reno residents are getting a step closer to single-stream recycling as Waste Management starts deliver curbside carts – more than 62,000 altogether. Pickup of the carts is set to start the beginning of February.

The program is only in Reno, but single-stream might be getting closer in Sparks as well: A story in The Sparks Tribune today says the City of Sparks has submitted a proposal to Waste Management about single-stream, so a change there could be on the horizon.

For Reno residents, here’s what you need to know.

– You can start using your new recycling cart on your first recycling day in February (until then, keep using your yellow and green bins).

– The first day you use your cart, you can also put out your yellow and green bins for collection.

– More recyclables can go in the cart and you no longer have to separate! Here’s what can go into the bin:

  • paper,
  • newspaper,
  • magazines,
  • junk mail,
  • glass (unbroken food containers),
  • aluminum cans,
  • steel cans,
  • plastics numbered 1-7 (all hard plastics – NO SHOPPING BAGS),
  • cardboard and paperboard (like cereal boxes).

– If you didn’t select your cart sizes, it’s too late now as delivery has started, but you will get another chance in a couple of months.

– You’ll also get 20 Excess Waste Stickers (12 in fall, 8 in spring) for extra trash.

– You’ll get to dispose of one standard pickup bed of municipal solid waste four times per year at no cost at one of the two Waste Management landfills.

If you have questions about single-stream recycling, you can call Waste Management at 775-329-8822, or visit the special site they set up just for you: reno.wm.com.

If you have questions about where to recycle other items, check out KTMB’s Recycling Guide!


December 18, 2013
by Celeste Tinajero
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Christmas tree recycling – volunteers needed

For the 23rd year, KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling program JCP5will start the day after Christmas at three locations for residents ready to recycle their trees: Bartley Ranch Regional Park and Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, and Shadow Mountain Sports Complex in Sparks. The drop-off will be at a new location – in the Pagoda parking lot – at Rancho San Rafael this year.

“Our volunteers look forward to this program every year,” said Jaime Souza, program manager at Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB). “Everyone is in the holiday spirit, and you come home smelling like Christmas trees. But with about 10,000 people recycling trees every year, we always need more help.”

Locations will be open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 12, 2014, and groups or individuals who are interested in volunteering can sign up at ktmb.org/volunteer. Trees must be free of any decorations, tinsel, lights, stands, and not flocked (covered in fake snow).

A $3 donation is asked to cover the cost of the program, and every donation is matched dollar for dollar again this year by the NV Energy Foundation. Recycled trees are chipped into mulch, and used year-round for weed- and erosion-abatement projects. Residents can also pick up free mulch at Bartley Ranch and Rancho San Rafael after the program is over.



December 4, 2013
by Celeste Tinajero
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Environmental Education Summit 2013

Sierra Nevada Journeys Logo

Sierra Nevada Journeys is hosting a EE Summit 2013 Flyer, bringing together the best environmental and outdoor educators in our area to:

  • Collaborate on partnership models for student and teacher programs
  • Innovate new program ideas to foster natural resource stewardship
  • Advance methods to best serve our region;s students and teachers

Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm

Location: McKinley Arts Center, 925 Riverside Dr, Reno

RSVP: Laurie Gray, 775-355-1688 or laurie@sierranevadajourneys.org



November 18, 2013
by Celeste Tinajero
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Leave No Trace for the backcountry and frontcountry

Hello everyone! KTMB staff member and Program Manager (and GREENevada partner), Jaime Souza, here. I recently stepped off the trail in the Grand Canyon National Park, as a newly appointed Leave No Trace Master Educator. I received a scholarship from the Leave No Trace Center for Ethics for a five-day course with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), backpacking in the vast and beautiful Grand Canyon. It was an incredible experience and adventJaime_GrandCanyon_2013ure seeing the Grand Cany0n for the first time, and backpacking around the Horseshoe Mesa off of the Grandview Trail.

What is Leave No Trace?

At the heart of Leave No Trace (LNT) are seven principles for reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities, particularly non-motorized recreation. LNT ethics can be applied anywhere – in remote wilderness, city parks, even in our own backyards – and in all recreational pursuits. LNT principles extend respect and courtesy to other visitors in parks, on trails and in open space areas, as well as to the flora and fauna.

Leave No Trace Center for Ethics Mission

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.

LNT logo COLOR tmSeven Principles of Leave No Trace for the Front Country

Leave No Trace is often thought of as wilderness ethics, but studies have shown that the majority of outdoor use occurs in open space areas (we have many of these areas in and around the Truckee Meadows), in urban and state parks and in established and accessible campgrounds. In an effort to address the explosive use of America’s “frontcountry” or day-use areas, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has expanded its educational focus to include principles which are applicable to the local natural places we enjoy on a daily basis and for quick escapes on the weekends.

  1. Know Before You Go
  2. Stick to Trails and Camp Overnight Right
  3. Trash Your Trash and Pick Up Poop
  4. Leave It As You Find It
  5. Be Careful With Fire
  6. Keep Wildlife Wild
  7. Share Our Trails and Manage Your Pet

Leaving No Trace will help to Keep the Truckee Meadows Beautiful

KTMB will begin to integrate LNT into its programs and outreach. Be sure to look for updates and announcements on KTMB’s social media accounts and the KTMB website on specialized LNT programs, offerings and presentations. My LNT Master Educator Course allows me to offer LNT Awareness Workshops and LNT Trainer Courses for a variety of groups and individuals.


October 21, 2013
by Celeste Tinajero
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Black Rock Solar Wins National Award

Post by Black Rock Solar, 10/14/13

Black Rock Solar LogoBlack Rock Solar will receive the Brian D. Robertson Solar Schools Memorial Fund Award at the Solar Power World Top Contractors Gala in Chicago

Black Rock Solar began as a volunteer crew installing a 30-kW solar photovoltaic (PV) array at the Burning Man festival in 2007. That fall, the array was donated to the nearby town of Gerlach, Nev., and Black Rock Solar began its mission of building low-cost solar for organizations and communities who can use it the most.

Since 2007, Black Rock Solar has installed more than three megawatts of solar power for tribes, non-profits and schools in Nevada. Many of its systems have been built at zero cost to its clients.

The Brian D. Robertson Solar Schools Memorial Fund will recognize the non-profit at the Solar Power World Top Contractors Gala on Oct. 21 at The Drake Hotel in Chicago. For its selfless solar advocacy, installations and education work, Black Rock Solar will receive the Brian D. Robertson Solar Schools Memorial Fund Award.

The BDR Fund is a project of The Solar Foundation, a national non-profit dedicated to expanding access to solar energy and broadening solar energy education in our nation’s K-12 schools. Named for Brian Robertson, a young entrepreneur and solar pioneer who died in a plane crash in December 2011, the award was created to honor Brian’s legacy and recognize the often overlooked work of community-oriented organizations and companies in the world of solar.

“Black Rock and others who have demonstrated their dedication to solar philanthropy make us proud to be part of this industry, and it is important that their generosity be publicly acknowledged,” said BDR Fund Board Member Jigar Shah.

The Top Solar Contractors Gala, taking place during Solar Power International 2013, is the culminating ceremony celebrating the publication’s 2013 Top 250 Solar Contractors rankings. The event will bring together more than 80 companies and 300 installation professionals.