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Recycling in Reno

Recycling in Reno and Washoe County gives everyone the opportunity to contribute to environmental quality, save money, and decrease our dependence on imported oil. It’s easy to make recycling a habit at Truckee Meadows – here’s the information you need to get started.

Why should Reno residents recycle?

Because it saves you money and is good for the environment. By recycling, we all help reduce the cost of things like packaging and decrease our dependence on imported oil.

The plastic that covers almost everything we buy is made from oil; reusing it means it is used less once and thrown away. Companies like Patagonia make recycled plastic garments, mainly those used to make bottles of water and soft drinks.

It is the same idea with paper. Making new paper requires cutting down trees, large amounts of water, and a nasty preparation of harmful chemicals. Recycling helps keep pollutants out of our landfills, extending the useful life of these facilities and reducing the risk of pollution escaping into the environment. With electronic devices, proper recycling is absolutely necessary to contain the hazardous materials they all contain. Reusing the many precious metals and plastics that go into electronic components also helps reduce the cost of new devices.

Where are the recycling centers?

The closest recycling center is your own home (see Curbside Pickup below). However, there are instances where large or large quantity items require a trip to a recycling center, participating in a recycling event, or driving to the regional landfill east of Sparks in Lockwood.

In addition to the main landfill in Lockwood, there are two Reno area transfer stations that take items that are not easily recycled through the curb system. There is also one at Incline Village in Lake Tahoe.

Lockwood Landfill
2401 Canyon Way, Sparks (east on I80)
Hours: 8 am – 4:30 pm Closed on Saturdays from September 19 to February 27. Closed on Sundays.

Reno Transfer Station
1390 E. Commercial Row, Reno
Hours: 6 am – 6 pm Monday through Saturday. 8 am – 6 pm Sunday.

Stead Transfer Station
13876 Mt. Anderson, Reno
Hours: 8 am – 4:30 pm from Monday to Sunday.

Incline Village Transfer Station
1076 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village
Hours: 8 am – 4:30 pm from Monday to Friday. 8 am – 4 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Public recycling drop-off sites around the area include…

  • Recycle America, 1100 E. Commercial line in Reno
  • Smiths Mall, Baring Blvd. in sparks
  • Recycle America, 1455 E. Greg St. and Sparks
  • Incline Village, 1200 Sweetwater Rd.

Call (775) 329-8822 for more information.

What about curbside pickup for recyclables?

Curbside recycling isn’t required, but why wouldn’t you? To participate, contact Waste Management at (775) 329-8822 and request recycling bins. Green is for glass food and beverage containers. Yellow is for aluminum food and beverage containers, metal cans, PET plastic containers with the n symbol. 1, natural HDPE plastic containers with the symbol No. 2 (narrow neck containers only such as milk and water bottles) and HDPE colored plastic containers with The # 2 symbol. Use brown paper bags for newspapers, magazines and catalogs.

Cartons and junk mail are not accepted.

To understand what those recycling symbols mean on plastic packaging, check out this explanation of the plastic coding system.

What is accepted for curbside recycling?

Most things with potential for reuse can be recycled. These are common consumer items you can recycle in curbside bins or area recycling centers …

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel cans
  • Plastic bottles
  • Newspapers
  • Journals

What about recycling other household items?

Other items that can be recycled in the Reno / Tahoe area include dead metal, appliances, and cars.

  • Metal – Solid Waste Reduction
  • Cars, Dead or Alive – American Auto Wreckers
  • Trash Hauling – 1-800-Got-Junk

All those plastic bags used by practically all stores can be recycled into other products. Most supermarkets and many other stores have plastic bag recycling bins where you can deposit your accumulated bags.

To recycle a lot of things not yet mentioned, some of which are dangerous, check out this list of companies and agencies provided by Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB). Call KTMB for assistance if you are unsure where to take a particular item: (775) 851-5185.

Recycling CFL bulbs

Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) slash your electricity bills, but there is a problem. They contain a small amount of mercury. To keep this pollutant out of the environment, you must properly recycle CFLs rather than throw them away in the normal trash.

Computer recycling

There are two non-profit organizations that restore and / or recycle computers, monitors, printers, software, and other electronic devices. Refurbished computers are donated or sold to the community at low cost. Donate old computers to one of these to help a fellow resident and keep electronic waste out of the environment …

  • Computercorps 
  • New2U Computers 

Recycling Christmas trees

Thousands of Christmas trees are recycled through the Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful program. Christmas tree recycling turns holiday trees into mulch used in our public parks. It is also free for citizens to remove some of the mulch to use for their own landscaping projects.

Report illegal dumping

I do not sympathize with those who dump trash on public land because they are too lazy and careless to dispose of their waste. It is also illegal. To report this objectionable activity, call the Illegal Dumping Hotline at (775) 329-DUMP. For more information, visit the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Office of Waste Management, Solid Waste Branch.

Sources: Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, Washoe County Health District, Cities of Reno & Sparks, Waste Management.

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