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Reno - Recycling, Dumps, and Greywater Disposal

We need to be responsible with our waste!

The future of Burning Man depends on it.

Moreover, it is illegal (aka “littering”) to leave or lose your waste — recycling, garbage, greywater — at ANY unauthorized location. Not at your camp. Not in your neighbor’s camp. Not on the side of the road. Not at rest areas. Not in or next to some dumpster behind some business.

Leave No Trace means exactly that folks, and it helps keep Nevada beautiful.

To do otherwise not only invites prosecution by law enforcement.  It means negative environmental and property impact, and time, energy and money belonging to others.  And it also makes Burning Man look really bad, threatening the future of the event.

It’s fine to not take it all the way home with you, and the locations below will be happy to take it off your hands! And why not recycle?

Here are the recycling facilities, garbage dumps and greywater disposal stations in the region where you can properly dispose of the extra baggage.  And EXTRA, some local businesses and communities along exodus routes have partnered together in 24 hour support of your trash and recycling disposal…


Saturday, August 30 through Wednesday, September 3, 2013 – OPEN 24 HOURS!

There are several convenient 24-hour trash and recycling centers along all Exodus routes.  Recycling is free and trash disposal is approximately $5 per 35-gallon trash bag. Human and other hazardous waste is ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED!

Accepted Recyclables:  Bicycles, plastics (SPI 1-5), glass, all metals, paper, cardboard, plastic bags, household (rechargeable and disposable) batteries, and non-perishable food and water. Please have your recyclables clean, sorted, and de-bagged before depositing into the appropriate containers.  Please deposit trash separately into appropriate dumpsters. And please be polite and respectful for this tremendous service they are providing for our community, one we cannot take for granted!

Drop-Off Locations:

Save Mart Supermarket
525 Keystone Avenue – 775-786-2150 – (Keystone Ave)

Save Mart Supermarket
565 East Prater Way – 775-359-9060 – (East McCarran & Prater Way)

Save Mart Supermarket
195 West Plumb Lane – 775-786-0138 – (Plumb Lane)

Save Mart Supermarket
9750 Pyramid Lake Highway – 775-425-2700 – (Pyramid Highway)

Whole Foods Market (6am-midnight)
6139 SouthVirginia Street  - 775-852-8023 – (South Virginia and Kietzke Lane)

Rabbit Traxx
580 Patterson Street, State Route 299, Cedarville, CA, 530-279-2022 – (Cedarville)

Bonus Points!  EXTRA proceeds from recyclables, and proceeds beyond expenses for garbage disposal, will be donated to help support new Black Rock Solar installations or other local community programs in the region.  Non-perishable food and water will be donated to local Food Banks.  Bicycles will be donated to local bike programs in support of kids.  Your participation and care are very much appreciated in the seventh year of this multi-community project!

Other Recycling Centers

PLEASE NOTE that most of these recycling centers are closed weekends and Labor Day.

And for further information on recycling and recycling locations worldwide, check out

RSW Recycling
1455 E. Greg St. – 775-329-8822 – (East McCarran & Prater Way)
Open Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm. Takes plastics, glass, aluminum, tin and steel cans, paper, and cardboard. No dumping – NO FURNITURE!

RSW Recycling
1100 East Commercial Row – 775-329-8822 – (Grand Sierra Resort) and (Downtown)
Open Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm, and all weekend. Takes plastics, glass, aluminum, tin and steel cans, paper, and cardboard. No dumping – NO FURNITURE!

Reno Salvage Company
301 Montello Street – 775-323-7109 – (Grand Sierra Resort) and (Downtown)
Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. Takes scrap metal.

Clean Harbors Environmental Services
1200 Marietta Way, Sparks – 775-331-9400 – (Grand Sierra Resort)
Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. A place providing recycling, reuse and reclamation options for hazardous and non-hazardous materials including solvents, chemicals and oil, light bulbs, transformers and other electrical equipment.

Schnitzer Steel
490 Valley Rd, Reno – 775-331-2267 – (Grand Sierra Resort) and (Downtown)
Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-4:30pm, Sat 8am-3pm. A place which accepts all metals for recycling

Earth First Recycling
9600 North Virginia Street, Reno – 775-626-2286 – map
Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. A place which accepts plastic containers,  cardboard, and pallets.

Gone Green Recycling
1440 Industrial Way – 775-525-1447 - (East McCarran & Prater Way) - (Grand Sierra)
Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-4:30pm. Two things of especial note regarding Gone Green. First, you can buy used carpet and pads here for your camp in sizes ranging from 3′x3′ to 12′x30′ at pretty good prices. Second, you can also drop off your carpet and pads for recycling after Burning Man. They also recycle cardboard, plastics, aluminum, and steel.

Other Garbage Centers

Reno Transfer Station
1390 East Commercial Row – 775-329-8822 – (Grand Sierra Resort) and (Downtown)
Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm.  Closed Labor Day.

Lockwood Landfill
2401 Canyon Way – 775-342-0401 – map
Open 8:00am-4:30pm daily.  Closed Labor Day.

Greywater Disposal

Finally, here are a few places, most open 24/7, in the area to properly dispose of that RV-Waste, and save you gas for the trip home!

1-80 Smokeshop & Campground 
1000 Smoke Shop Circle – 775-575-2185 – 775-224-1310 - (Wadsworth)
RV greywater disposal available 24 hours.

825 Commerce Center Drive – 775-575-2200 – (Fernley)

Golden Gate Petroleum
1055 South Rock Blvd, Sparks (775) 358-7400 – (Grand Sierra Resort)

TA Travel Center
I-80 Exit #19 East McCarran Blvd, Sparks, NV – 775-359-0550 – (East McCarran & Prater Way)

Boomtown KOA-RV Park
I-80 at Exit 4, Garson Road, Verdi – 775-345-2444- (Verdi)
Open Mon-Sat 6am-7pm, 6am-6pm Sun.

Terrible’s Gold Ranch RV Park
1-80 Exit 2 at Gold Ranch, Verdi – 775-345-8880 – (Verdi)
Open 9am-6:30pm daily.

Grand Sierra Resort RV Park
2500 East 2nd Street – 775-789-2129 – (Grand Sierra Resort)
Open 8am-8pm daily.

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