It was a great big day for trash. Somehow, it always seems to be a big day for trash. But on Saturday, May 11th, trash took a big hit from the Signature Landscapes team out at the Lemmon Valley trash pick-up site. The Signature team, their large dump truck, and about 20 other community heroes gathers together for the Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful Great Community Cleanup.
This site was just one of more than 10 sites designated as heavily trashed by the organization. The KTMB Community Cleanup has been taking place for more than a decade, and the trash just keeps on coming.
Chemane Trimble, one of Signature’s owners can’t believe the amount of garbage that people just throw out in the open.
“Beds, carpets — there’s a Reno Gazette-Journal machine that I think someone gutted and threw out here,” Trimble said. “A Ski-Doo. And the tires — just dozens of them.”
This year’s cleanup netted 103 tons of waste.
Trash Talking at the Picnic
This is a great video highlighting many of the great folks who donated their Saturday to helping the Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful Great Cleanup a huge success. Give props to the Signature guys at the end!
Tires were the standout item this year. More than 500 were collected during the event. Firestone, Howard’s Chevron and Tires Plus will recycle them.
“Tires are one of the saddest items to see dumped because they only cost $2 to recycle, but by the time we organize a cleanup and haul them out, the cost is 20 times that amount,” Christi Cakiroglu, the group’s executive director, said in a statement. “People think they’re saving a couple of bucks, but the cost to the community is immense, and they end up paying far more in other ways.”
UNR’s Resource Economics Department in 2009 found that a vast majority of Northern Nevadans are concerned about illegal dumping and would be willing to report it. The hotline to report illegal dumping is 775-329-DUMP.