Several local non profit organizations in Nevada (see below) focus their efforts on solid waste, recycling and waste reduction; these non profits continue to educate the public about the importance of recycling, reuse and waste reduction for all Nevadans.
Keep Las Vegas Beautiful (KLVB):
KLVB is an affiliate of the nonprofit Keep America Beautiful. Through education focused on litter and waste reduction, as well as stewardship events in City of Las Vegas neighborhoods, KLVB aims to achieve a cleaner and greener community with the participation of community residents. KLVB offers school presentations addressing recycling, waste reduction, litter, and graffiti; community cleanup projects can also be organized. Contact: Lisa Campbell, (702) 229-5406.
Don't Trash Nevada:
Through the Take Pride in America Program, the Don't Trash Nevada Campaign encourages clean-ups and discourages illegal dumping and littering in Nevada. Volunteer opportunities can be found with Get Outdoors Nevada or Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful.
The Blind Center of Nevada:
The Blind Center is a non-profit organization in Las Vegas that assists visually impaired and blind people in personal development, social interaction, and meaningful employment. In order to help fund its operations, the Blind Center offers electronic recycling to commercial and residential customers. Most electronics are accepted at no charge and a pick-up service is available for commercial customers. Following data-safe procedures, electronics are either repurposed or recycled. Contact: (702) 642-6000.
Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful
Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, Incorporated in 1989, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to creating a cleaner, more beautiful region through education and active community involvement. KTMB is supported by individual and community donations. This Reno based organization, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, organizes Telephone book and Christmas Tree recycling throughout northern Nevada and Truckee Meadows, along with the "Adopt-A-Park" and "Adopt-A-Spot" programs, Annual Litter Index, Neighborhood, Open Space, and River Clean ups, Paper making workshops, the "Waste Warriors" education program, and the Illegal Dumping Taskforce. Contact: Christi Cakiroglu, (775) 851-5185, or visit www.ktmb.org for more information. (KTMB - 2011 Recycling Guide)
Nevada EcoNet Sadly, after 20 years working to promote environmental sustainability in Nevada, Nevada EcoNet closed their doors in December, 2011. Their West Street Market office is now closed and Nevada EcoNet will no longer be planning and organizing the annual Earth Day events in the Reno area. A Request for Proposal to organize the annual Reno Earth Day celebration, and a $5,000 grant were offered to any organization who would take over the planning and organizing of Earth Day 2012. On April 21, 2012, The Nature Conservancy will hold a "Picnic for the Planet." Go here for more information on The Nature Conservancy's 2012 Picnic for the Planet in Reno
Great Basin Chapter of SWANA
The Great Basin Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) was formed in 1997. This local organization, the Nevada affiliate of the national Solid Waste Association of North America, is composed of solid waste professionals, landfill operators, consultants, engineers, and others interested in integrated solid waste management in Nevada. The mission of this organization is to "advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound municipal solid waste management". Contact: Lori Bigham, (775) 856-3833