The fifth annual Great Truckee Meadows Community Cleanup aims to rid the area of about 85 tons on trash.
"The Great Truckee Meadows Community Cleanup is a great event for the whole family," said Christi Cakiroglu, executive director of Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful. “What better way to create a sense of pride and community than to help clean up our own backyard?”
According to a release from the organization, the cleanup is still desperately in need of volunteers for the Dorothy McAlinden, Eagle Canyon, Sun Valley and Hidden Valley sites, although volunteers are welcome in all areas.
The Great Truckee Meadows Community Cleanup will target the following neighborhoods:
• Geiger Grade/Toll Road between Geiger Grade and Toll Road.
• Golden Valley near Estates Drive between Golden Valley and Lemmon Valley
• Eagle Canyon off of Eagle Canyon drive after Spanish Springs High School
• Hidden Valley between McCarran and Hidden Valley
• McAlinden Park North on Stead Boulevard
• Raleigh Heights off of North Virginia Street and the eastern side of Peavine Mountain
• Sun Valley Regional Park, Danforth Drive in Sun Valley Regional Park
• Sun Valley Regional Park, Chimney Lane in Sun Valley Regional Park
• Vista Heights off of Los Altos Parkway in Sparks
The sites are chosen with the help of local parks and recreation departments as well as the cities and counties, according to KTMB program director Maia Dickerson.
About 300 people participated last year, according to a written statement from KTMB.
Volunteers are expected to arrive at the site they signed up for Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with weather-appropriate clothing, closed-toe shoes, gloves (if possible) and a smile, Dickerson said.
All volunteers will receive a souvenir water bottle, snacks at the cleanup site and a thank-you lunch courtesy of Save-Mart Supermarkets and Pepsi immediately following the cleanup at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park. The cleanup ends at noon.
Volunteers may sign up and choose a location by visiting Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful’s website at www.ktmb.org or by calling 851-5185.
Last year, more than 85 tons of trash were collected.
“Working together, we can improve our quality of life through education, the proper disposal of solid waste and the preservation of some of our favorite outdoor recreational areas,” Cakiroglu said.