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Special note on EXODUS...

Every year we have major issues with all the highways leading away from Black Rock City being strewn with trash and debris. LEAVE NO TRACE DOES NOT STOP AT THE EDGE OF THE PLAYA!!! It's always hard to tell what trash has flown off of the top of haphazardly packed vehicles and what is just dumped; however, we do know that the trash causes some major problems and concerns.

Debris on the highway is a hazard that can cause accidents. Don’t let your trash cause someone to get hurt or killed. See the tips in this guide about how to LEAVE NO TRACE. Think about your garbage before you leave home. Pack so that you create less trash to bring home with you. And finally, when you leave Black Rock City, pack your garbage and belongings so that they will NOT fly off when you are going 70MPH down the highway (put loose items in your car and not on top), and then dump your garbage only in APPROVED FACILITIES. Thanks for doing your part!

See the tips in this guide about LEAVING NO TRACE . THINK about your garbage before you leave home. Pack so that you create less trash to bring home with you. And finally, when you leave Black Rock City, pack your garbage and belongings so that they will NOT fly off when you are going 70MPH down the highway (put loose items in your car and not on top), and then dump your garbage only in APPROVED FACILITIES. Thanks for doing your part!

Exodus is an exercise in patience and cooperation.

As you drive to Burning Man along that small two-lane country highway, observe its narrow, finite capacity. Now imagine 10,000 vehicles trying to leave Black Rock City in one day. Like draining a bathtub with a straw, it will take time. Cooperate with the Exodus staff directing traffic. Keep the spirit alive!


  1. Get gas and other supplies on the way towards the event before arriving at Black Rock City. Be sure to gas up before you get to Empire and Gerlach.

  2. Tune in to Burning Man Information Radio at 94.5 FM for detailed traffic reports.

  3. Traffic is heaviest on Sunday and Monday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Consider scheduling your departure to arrive at a non-peak time.

  4. If you must stop outbound in Gerlach or Empire be careful to pull completely off the road so as to not create a traffic hazard.

  5. If you break down or have car problems, make sure you get off the road and out of the way so the traffic can keep moving. Keep safe and get out of the way as soon as possible.

  6. Make sure your load is secure. We don't want accidents to happen, or to have trash strewn along the highway.

  7. Don't pass on the local roadway. Seriously, we want to see you back next year.

  8. OBEY SPEED LAWS. Particularly through small towns.

  9. Don't cut in line or attempt to find another exit. All routes will be monitored by law enforcement agencies during Exodus. Any vehicle caught cutting in line will be fined, as well as escorted to the back of the line.

  10. Stay alert, stay alive.


The Nevada Highway Patrol would like to provide some travel tips to participants traveling to the event. Troopers encounter stranded motorists with a wide variety of mechanical problems that can be avoided with a little extra preparation before leaving.

Load Your Vehicle Safely!!

Loading your vehicle properly, whether it is a car, truck, trailer, motor home, or anything being towed, will make your trip to and from Burning Man safer and less stressful. By applying some simple precautions, your load can be made safe.

Never exceed the load capacity or the towing capacity of the vehicle or trailer. Check the recommended (not the maximum) weights for your vehicles and do not exceed them.

Load your vehicle safely. Heavy items should be located low, centered, and over or between the axles. For trailers, load the heaviest items toward the front. .

Secure your load with straps or rope.

Make sure that the brakes and lights work on your vehicle and the trailer you’re towing.

When towing a trailer, do not exceed the torque weight recommendations for the trailer and the hitch.

Always use safety chains, installed between the trailer and the tow vehicle.

Do not overload the roof or roof rack on your vehicle. Large or bulky objects, even though they are lightweight, can make driving dangerous in cross winds. They may loosen and fall off. An extraordinary amount of full trash bags are found along the roadside after Burning Man. The only reasonable explanation is poorly secured loads.

Emergency Road or Lockout Services: check for availability through Playa Info during their daylight hours of operation, or Ranger HQ/Outposts after hours. (You may need to take the shuttle into town if the resources are not available on playa.)

Before leaving for the Black Rock Desert, you should follow these tips to ensure your vehicle is ready for the trip:

  1. Have your local mechanic inspect your:
    • Radiator
    • Tires, including your spare
    • Belts
    • Brakes
    • Hoses
    • Lights
  2. Do not load your vehicle so much that it limits your visibility. You should be able to see out of all your windows.
  3. Take frequent breaks from driving. For a more thorough explanation of these vehicle precautions, visit the website By following these recommendations and using some common sense, your trip to Burning Man should be safe and smooth. Basic information on driving safety can be obtained from your state Department of Motor Vehicles.
Vehicle Maintenance Tips

There are several things to keep in mind when preparing your vehicle. You are traveling to the Nevada desert in August. Temperatures can reach well above 100 F during the day. Keep in mind that your vehicle is going to be loaded with the extra weight from the gear that you will be taking to the event . Check your vehicle's tires and air pressure again after loading your vehicle. These extra precautions can help avoid a breakdown.

Be extra courteous of local traffic. We’re recruiting dozens of volunteers to help direct traffic on Sunday and Monday and to bid a friendly goodbye to everyone. Come to Playa Info in Center Camp during the event for information on how to help. Off the playa, you can reach us at exodus (at) burningman (dot) com.


Garbage Disposal After the Event

Do NOT discard refuse along the highway or in neighboring towns. Pack your load securely. For more information see Travel Tips.

In the event you have to portage garbage on top of your vehicle, make sure it is double bagged and strapped down securely. Several public landfills are located conveniently nearby. Do NOT dump trash at the westbound I-80 “Wadsworth” rest area or in the dumpsters of private businesses. This reflects poorly on our community. This year the Nevada Highway Patrol may be issuing littering tickets to anyone placing trash on the ground. There is a $1000 fine for littering.

2011 Reno-Sparks Free Drive-Thru Recycling Project

Friday, August 26 through Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Open 24 Hours

Accepted Recyclables: Plastics (SPI 1,2,3,4,& 5), glass, all metals (aluminum, tin, steel, brass, etc.), paper, cardboard, plastic bags, household (rechargeable and disposable) batteries, bicycles, and non-perishable food and water.

Simply drive into the parking lot and sort and deposit your recyclables into the appropriate containers. Please have your recyclables as clean as possible! and remove from bags before depositing.

Disposal of non-recyclable waste will also be available for recyclers at approximately $3 per standard 35-gallon trash bag.

Proceeds from recyclables and proceeds beyond expenses for garbage disposal will be donated to help support new Black Rock Solar installations in the region. Non-perishable food and water will be donated to local Food Banks.

Your participation and care is very much appreciated in this fifth year of a multi-community initiative to promote recycling!


Save Mart Supermarkets
525 Keystone Avenue, Reno, 775-786-2150 - map
195 West Plumb Lane, Reno, 775-786-0138 (back of store) - map
565 East Prater Way, Sparks, 775-359-9060 - map
9750 Pyramid Lake Highway, Sparks, 775-425-2700 - map

Whole Foods Market
6139 South Virginia Street, Reno, 775-852-8023 - map

Trash Pros
1299 Washeim Street, State Route 447, Wadsworth, 775-575-0707 - map


Seek out recycling and salvage centers along your route home. Do your best to make Burning Man a no waste even this year! Go to: and enter zip code to find nearest location.

RSW Recycling
1100 East Commercial Row, Reno ( 775 ) 329-8822 - map
Open 8am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday, and 24 hours on weekends.

RSW Recycling
NOTE: closed on Labor Day!
1451 East Greg Street, Sparks ( 775 ) 329-8822 - map
Open 8am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday only


Trash Pros
1299 Washeim Street, State Route 447, Wadsworth, 775-575-0707 - map
Open 24 Hours. Trash disposal at approximately $3 per 35-gallon trash bag. You’re also encouraged to drop off recyclables for free (see Recycling section above for all the info).

Fernley Sanitation
1100 US Highway 95A S (775)575-4964 - map
Open daily 8:00am-4:30pm. Disposal rate is $16.00 for 3 cubic yards.

Lockwood Landfill
2401 Canyon Way (775)342-0401 - map
Open 7:00am-4:30pm daily. Closed Labor Day! The charge is $5.00/cubic yard with a $4.00 environmental fee per cash customer.

Reno Transfer Station
1390 East Commercial Row (775)329-8822 - map
Open 6am-6pm Monday thru Saturday and 8am-6pm holidays (including Labor Day) and Sunday. Charge is $6.00 per cubic yard, with a $20 minimum


Please check with the dumping station before the event for disposal charges and to determine if they can handle the amount of water you are planning to dump! Larger camps should consider setting up a contract with United Site Services to collect grey water. With 30 days notice, they will provide a collection tank for you at the event that they will pick up at the end of the event for disposal. Here are some grey water disposal stations in the surrounding areas:

Here are some grey water disposal stations in the Reno-Sparks area and beyond:

825 Commerce Center Drive, Fernley, NV (775) 575-2200 - map

Golden Gate Petroleum
1055 South Rock Blvd, Sparks (775) 358-7400 - map

TA Travel Center
815 Nichols Blvd, Sparks (775) 359-0550 - map

Reno Boomtown KOA
2100 West Garson Rd., Verdi, NV (775) 345-2444 - map

Terribles Gold Ranch RV
320 Gold Ranch Road, Verdi, NV (775) 914-6789 - map

Sully’s RV Park
602 South East Street, Alturas, CA (530) 233-5347 - map

For more detailed information on where to take your trash, recycling and grey water go to: Reno - Recycling, Dumps, and Greywater Disposal .

Any further questions can be directed to:exodus (at) burningman (dot) com.

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