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Four Save Mart stores in Reno and Sparks, Nev., are geared up to service attendees of the annual Burning Man Festival, which began Aug. 31 and runs through Sept. 7 in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. The Burning Man figure will be ignited on Sunday, Sept. 6.
The Burning Man is an annual event in which tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert (also known as “the playa”) to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression and self-reliance. They leave one week later, having left no trace whatsoever.
“Several Save Mart stores in Reno and Sparks provide a range of needed products and services to ‘burners,’ as attendees are called,” said Richard Wardwell, district director of operations for Modesto, Calif.-based Save Mart. “On their way to the desert or playa, we offer water, food and camping supplies. On their way home, they come back to us to drop off the garbage and recyclables that they’ve packed out. We take this opportunity to help generate funds for the Kiwanis Club and the Gerlach School District.”
The four participating stores also carry special merchandise geared toward burners, such as:
--Black Rock Bicycles: Burners may return these bikes for recycling after the festival to receive a refund of $25. The returned bikes are donated to the local Kiwanis Club
--Water Containers: Burners may opt for 15- or 55-gallon containers, along with related accessories
--Aqua Fill Brand Bulk Water
--Bottled water and other beverages
--Trash Bags: Burners are requested to pack out their garbage, trash and recyclable materials so they don’t pollute the playa. They may drop off filled 35-gallon trash bags at these Save Mart stores for a charge of $3 per bag
--Cool Neon: This is a glow wire that burners use to decorate themselves and their bikes so they can travel safely around the desert at night
--Miscellaneous Accessories: These include dust goggles and camping products.
Burners are invited to pack out and drop off their sorted recyclable bottles and cans at the end of the festival. The sale of the recyclable materials is donated to the Gerlach School District; Save Mart will add the amount needed to donate a minimum of $1,000.
At the Keystone Avenue store in Reno, burners have an additional option to purchase used bikes reconditioned by the Kiwanis Club. The purchase price is donated to the club, and burners are encouraged to donate these bikes back to Kiwanis at the end of the festival. The club also receives the Black Rock Bikes returned at the end of the festival.
Save Mart operates more than 240 stores throughout Northern California and Northern Nevada under the Save Mart, S-Mart Foods, Lucky and FoodMaxx banners.