Trash Mobs Keeping Carson City Clean


Have you heard about the volunteers who have been cleaning up litter around Carson City? Maybe you’ve seen a group of people removing trash early one Saturday morning and wondered who was behind the effort. Well, chances are you were a witness to a Trash Mob.

Trash Mobs are a community-based volunteer effort sponsored by Muscle Powered. The project is modeled after flash mobs. But instead of dancing, the participants clean up trash. The Trash Mob volunteers (also refereed to as ‘Mobsters’) gather on the third Saturday of each month from 8-9 am at predetermined locations coordinated through social media. By keeping the events brief it is the goal of Muscle Powered to maximize participation in the project and in turn, maximize the effectiveness of the clean-up efforts.

Since July the Trash Mob project has spent 68 man hours cleaning the hiking and biking paths in Carson City, and volunteers have removed approximately 900 lbs of trash. Muscle Powered has partnered with the Carson City Parks & Recreation department who have supported the Trash Mobs by removing the trash after volunteers have gathered and bagged the littler. This month Parks & Rec will also be providing reflective safety vests for the volunteers who will be cleaning up littler along the paved multi-use path that runs parallel to Lincoln Highway on the east side of Carson City.

Anyone who wishes to volunteer should meet the group at Arrow Head and Hwy 50 on Saturday, November 21st at 8 am. There is a small dirt turn out approximately 50 yards north of the intersection on the west side of Arrow Head Dr. that will be used for parking. At 8 am there will be a 5-minute safety brief before volunteers begin collecting trash. Reflective vests, work gloves, and trash bags will be provided. Be sure to check the local weather report and dress appropriately.

Who: All are invited to attend
What: Trash Mob clean up effort
When: Saturday, November 21st from 8-9 am
Where: For a map of the meet-up location, click here.
Why: To keep Carson City clean and safe for everyone

For further information, go to the Muscle Powered web site or visit their Facebook page.

This Saturday, October 17th is the third Saturday of the month so you know what that means. It’s Trash Mob time.

In September we had a record turn out with 27 Mobsters showing up to clean the Linear Ditch Trail. Let’s keep that ball rolling in October. You are all invited to the Trash Mob this Saturday from 8:00 – 9:00 am. This month we’re going to revisit a location that we cleaned in July. We’re going to be working along the Multi-Use Path starting on south side of College Parkway near the I-580 overpass. We’ll meet up in the parking lot between Dotty’s Casino and the US Bank. Click here for a map of the location. From there we’ll make our way south along fence line clearing out the trash that has blown in from the nearby big box stores.

I will have trash bags, work gloves, pickers, and even bottled water. All you need to do is show up and make Carson City a more beautiful and safe place to hike and bike.

  • Who: Anyone who wishes to help their community or the environment
  • What: Trash Mob – Removing litter from our bike paths, hiking trails, and multi-use paths
  • When: Saturday, October 17th from 8:00-9:00 am
  • Where: Carson Multi-Use Path, click here for parking location
  • Why: To keep Carson City clean and safe for everyone who lives and visits here


September Trash Mob


They did it in July and hauled off over 200 pounds of trash in an hour. They did it again in August and removed well over 100 pounds in 60 minutes.

Now September is here and the Mob is at it again…Trash Mob, that is. The non-profit organization, Muscle Powered, has been behind the Trash Mob effort to keep walkways and bike paths free of litter. The group meets on the third Saturday of every month, each time at a different location.

On Saturday, Sept. 19 from 8 to 9 a.m., volunteers will meet up at the corner of 5th St and Butti Way to clean up trash along the Linear Park Trail, a multi-use paved path that runs through Carson City.

This Saturday, the Trash Mob is looking for more volunteers to assist with the cleanup. If you are interested, please meet at 5th and Butti at 8:00 am Saturday. Muscle Powered staff will supply you with trash bags, work gloves, bottled water, and even trash pickers. The efforts of the volunteers will help keep Carson City clean and safe for all residents.

Meet Up Location:

Ribbon Cutting for the Ash to Kings Trail

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Ash to Kings Trail Map

Join Muscle Powered and partners for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Ash Canyon to Kings Canyon Trail on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 8:30am. The ceremony will be held at the bridge just below the Ash Canyon Trailhead.

8:30-9am: Grand Opening Ceremony and Guest Speakers
9:15am: Official Picture at the Bridge

Limited shuttles are available between 7:30-10am from the end of the pavement at Ash Canyon Road to Muscle Powered booth at the trailhead.  Hikers and bikers please allow enough time to make it to the Ribbon Cutting at 8:30am sharp.

Google Trail Map from

Trash Mobs Get Some Local Air Time


A Reno radio station (KOH 780 AM) picked up the story about the Trash Mob and called for an interview. The links below are clips that the radio station aired Tuesday, August 11th throughout the day. They have asked to repeat the process each month, a week prior to the scheduled Trash Mob to give the project more air time.

KOH 780 AM Trash Mob Clip 1

KOH 780 AM Trash Mob Clip 2

August Trash Mob


Who: Anyone can participate

What: Clean up trash

When: Saturday, August 15th from 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Where: Lone Mountain Trail – Meet up at the parking lot located on the southwest corner of Northridge Dr and New Ridge Dr

Why: To make Carson City cleaner and safer for hiking and biking.

From the trail head we’ll make our way down the short trail, cleaning up trash along the way. We’ll be bagging the trash and staging it in the parking lot. I’ve coordinated with Carson City Parks & Rec to come by and remove the trash once we’re done. As last time, I’ll have trash bags, work gloves, and bottled water available for everyone.


“Trash Mob” a monthly event with the goal of keeping local walking and biking paths clear of trash.The idea behind Trash Mobs is similar to the popular flash mobs where a group of people gather in a public place and perform some pre-arranged task for a brief time before dispersing. Trash Mobs will involve collecting trash at a designated location for one hour. Trash collection will make the area safer and healthier for walking, biking and recreation.

To get the Trash Mob notice on your Facebook timeline, just “like” any of the following Facebook pages; Muscle Powered, Carson City Parks and Recreation, Carson Proud, Carson City Chamber of Commerce, Visit Carson City, or Carson City Public Works.

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