Business Services GroupThe Business Environmental Program provides free and confidential environmental management assistance to business and government operations in Nevada. The Program specializes in cost effective strategies to reduce hazardous materials and waste generation, conserve water and energy, minimize air emissions, and maintain compliance with environmental requirements. The program provides training, on-site consultation, assistance over the phone and through its website and publications.

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FREE Classes: Storm Water Compliance for Construction & Landscape sites


Reno, NV – November 25, 2013 – The Business Environmental Program at the University of Nevada, Reno has teamed up with Bently Biofuels and The Western Sustainability Pollution and Prevention Network (WSPPN), to provide used cooking oil collection sites around the region so residents can recycle the oil used to deep fry their holiday turkey(s).  During the holiday season the two organizations are reaching out to the Reno/Tahoe, Carson Valley, and Carson City communities to encourage recycling of cooking oil used at homes throughout the region. Collection bins will be placed in various locations throughout the community from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Eve.

The benefits of recycling used cooking oil are twofold: it diverts the oil from landfills where it generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas (GHG) with negative environmental impact; and also reduces the costly effects of fats, oils, grease (FOG) buildup in municipal sewer pipes. FOG is such a problem that many cities have policies and outreach programs in an attempt to eliminate it altogether.


Drop Off Locations to Recycle Holiday Used Cooking Oil

How to Turn Used Cooking Oil into Biodiesel

RGJ News article: UNR business column: Recycle turkey grease into biodiesel

Notice of Proposed Action – Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Pollution Control


To review the Notification, please select the following link:
Notice of Proposed Action

GUSW Fact Sheet

RecycleWorks launches new webpage: Waste Guidance for Colleges and Universities

Check out the new page which provides valuable waste management guidance for colleges and universities. Included is a case study (mentioned below) describing how the University of Massachusetts at Amherst diverted an additional 1200 pounds of food waste per day by expanding their composting program!


Answer the Call2Recycle

Call2Recycle is a free and convenient program for facilities to recycle used rechargeable batteries. Call2Recyle is funded by the manufacturers of rechargeable batteries as an environmental stewardship commitment, and is therefore at no cost to any customers.  So if you have not already, consider answering the Call2Recycle.  It is free.  It is measurable.  Find out more including if you have an account by contacting Todd Ellis at 678-218-1086 or email him at  You can also call toll free 877-723-1297 or visit

Know you want to start collecting.  Collection site sign up form is available at

Please note that Call2Recycle is not an EPA program, but you can use this data when tracking your recycling efforts for EPA’s WasteWise Program.

SAN FRANCISCO (KRNV & – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today honored the University of Nevada – Reno, the University of Nevada – Las Vegas and 16 other colleges for taking part in the EPA’s national Food Recovery Challenge.

The Food Recovery Challenge is a voluntary program aiming to limit the 34 million tons of food wasted nationwide annually by reducing unnecessary consumption and increasing donations to charity and composting.

By participating, these schools, with a combined 460,000 student enrollment, pledge to reduce food waste by five percent in one year.

“Food waste is a particular problem for California, the world’s fifth largest food supplier, because of the enormous quantities of water and energy required for production,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest.

The schools include: University of California Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, San Francisco, Santa Barbara; and Santa Cruz; California State University Fullerton, Humboldt and Northridge; University of Southern California; City College San Francisco; Arizona State University; Northern Arizona University; and University of Arizona.

Click here to learn more about the EPA Food Recovery Challenge


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