Pack it Out! Trash & Recycling

Leave No Trace

Pack It Out! Trash & Recycling

Where to Take Waste & Recycling After the Event

[NOTE: This page contains updates which supplant what's found in the printed Survival Guide.]

DO NOT discard refuse along the highway, in neighboring towns or rest areas, or behind private businesses. 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 issue littering tickets to anyone placing trash on the ground. In addition to being extremely detrimental to our ongoing relationships with local communities, there is a $1000 fine for littering.

Exodus Trash & Recycling Network

Saturday, August 31 – Wednesday, September 4

EXTRA Exodus Trash & Recycling

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! All proceeds remaining after covering operational expenses 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, and bicycles will be donated to local bike programs to support kids in need. Your participation in the sixth year of this multi-community project is greatly appreciated!

Accepted Recyclables: Bicycles, plastics (SPI 1-5), glass, all metals, paper, cardboard, plastic bags, household batteries (rechargeable and disposable), and non-perishable food and water. Please have your recyclables as clean as possible, sorted and de-bagged before depositing into the appropriate containers. Please deposit trash separately into appropriate dumpsters.

24hr Drop-Off:

To the South, East, & West...

Save Mart Supermarkets:

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

Whole Foods Market: 6139 South Virginia St., Reno, NV, 775-852-8023

To The North...

The Cedarville Collective (at Rabbit Traxx Store): 580 Patterson Way, Cedarville, CA, 530-279-2022

Alternative Options

Other Places For Trash

Waste Management Lockwood Landfill: 2401 Canyon Way, Lockwood, NV, 775-342-0401. 8:00am to 4:30p.m.. Closed weekends and Labor Day. $7.50 per cubic yard, $19 minimum. Waste Management - Reno Transfer Station: 1390 East Commercial Row, Reno, NV, 775-329-8822. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and Labor Day. $7.50 per cubic yard, $19 minimum.

Other Places For Recycling

Waste Management: RSW Recycling Reno: 1100 East Commercial Row, Reno, NV, 775-326-2383. Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Bins available 24 hours on weekends and Labor Day. RSW Recycling Reno: 1451 East Greg Street, Sparks, NV, 775-326-2383 Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Closed weekends and Labor Day. For more options you can look up recycling and salvage centers along your route home by entering your zip code at:

Where To Dump RV & Grey Water

Contact locations directly before the event for charges, hours, possible after-hours appointments, and dump capacity.

  • I-80 Smokeshop & Campground: 1000 Smoke Shop Circle, Wadsworth, NV, 775-575-2185
  • Pyramid Lake Marina Campground: 2500 Lakeview Drive, Sutcliffe, NV, 775-476-1155
  • Love’s: 825 Commerce Center Drive, Fernley, NV, 775-575-2200
  • Golden Gate Petroleum: 1055 South Rock Blvd, Sparks, NV, 775-358-7400
  • TA Travel Center: 815 Nichols Blvd, Sparks, NV, 775-359-0550
  • Reno Boomtown KOA: 2100 West Garson Rd., Verdi, NV, 775-345-2444
  • Terribles Gold Ranch RV: 320 Gold Ranch Road, Verdi, NV, 775-345-6789

Larger camps should consider setting up a contract with United Site Services to collect their greywater in BRC. With 30 days notice, they can also provide and pick up a collection tank for you at your camp.

Got Wood?

Does your camp have usable lumber left over that you don’t need? Donate lumber that you can’t take home and don’t want to burn! Read the Tip Sheet you receive upon entry to the city and listen to BMIR (94.5 FM) for details on when and where you can drop it off at the end of the event. Visit the V-Spot adjacent to Playa Info for information on volunteering as a lumber sorter!