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Earth Day
MEANS ACTION!

Volunteers are needed for Iowa's largest Earth Day volunteer event to continue these efforts!

Last year, we had 1,300 registered volunteers remove over 72,000 pounds of litter, brush, tires and recyclables while beautifying our public lands, cleaning up our waterways, clearing away invasive species, creating new trails and more. They even collected almost 40 pounds of cigarette butts as part of our Big Buttowski competition and diverted over 93% of our lunch waste from the landfill!

Earth Day Trash Bash 2016

Trash Bash Removed Cigarette Butts Earth Day Trash Bash is a significant day for many individuals and corporations. It began with a few committed individuals cleaning up litter and today has evolved into a collaborative project between the Cities & citizens of Des Moines, West Des Moines, Clive, Pleasant Hill, Metro Waste Authority, Polk County Conservation, Polk Soil and Water Conservation District, West Side Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Ingersoll Business Committee, Trees Forever and Water Works.

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Schedule of Events

  • 5:00-9:00 a.m. Van & Bonnie WHO Radio LIVE Drop-in Volunteer Time (Cowles Commons, 221 Walnut St.)
  • 12:00-1:00 Kick-Off Bash/Team Rally (Cowles Commons, 221 Walnut St.)
    Gather your team for food, music (Damon Dotson), educational booths & team introductions.                                                                          
  • 1:00-1:30 Commute to Assigned Site, Group Photo & Safety Talk
  • 1:30-4:30 Earth Day Volunteer Projects (Greater Des Moines Metro Area)
  • 4:30-5:00 Clean-up, Collect Tools/Supplies, Post-Project Photos & Award Submissions

Sustaining Our Future!

Each year, as part of Earth Day we try to share some type of environmental messaging.  Past year's have included improving our water quality, restoring our woodlands, greening our community and saving the Monarch butterfly.  The 2016 theme focuses on what we can do to create a more sustainable community such as growing more food locally, building rain gardens, harvesting rain water, recycling, improving habitat, protecting watersheds, reducing our carbon footprint and more.

Show Your Commitment

The Metro Area is divided into volunteer project locations. We have more than 1,500 registered volunteers and hope you'll be one of them. The deadline for Captains to register was March 30th and then teams were matched to locations.  If you missed the deadline, join Van & Bonnie between 5-9 a.m. for drop-in volunteering on the Riverwalk.

Thanks to our sponsors, each location will have the supplies onsite to complete your project. Captains received their Earth Day t-shirt, lunch wristbands for their teams, vital safety information and location assignments at the captain's meeting on Friday, April 8th. To thank you for your volunteer time you will receive a free Big City Burgers & Greens lunch at our Kick-Off Bash at the new Cowles Commons on April 22nd.   

Commitment

Captain Information

Captains lead the team, collect the waivers, attend the captain's meeting, and distribute the lunch wristbands and safety information. Captains also encourage the team to participate in the Team Spirit contest ... wear a team t-shirt, costume or anything to show you've got SPIRIT! Other contests include the Bigg Buttowski for most cigarette butts collected and Finders Keepers for the most unique find. To thank you for your help coordinating your volunteer team you will get an Earth Day t-shirt.

Captain Reminders

Registration closed on March 30, so by now you should have collected your team's volunteer waivers. If your team is all adults you may use the group waiver. All volunteers must sign the waiver. If you have minors participating on your team, they must have a parent or legal guardian complete the minor waiver.  Scan and send as one group with (please put team name and captain name in subject line) to trashbash@dmgov.org.  If you still want to participate on Earth Day but missed the deadline, join Van & Bonnie between 5-9 a.m. at Cowles Commons for drop-in volunteering to clean-up the Riverwalk! 

At the mandatory captain meeting you received a map of your assigned territory, wristbands for your team's free lunch, your t-shirt and review logistical information necessary for Earth Day. If you missed the meeting, head to our office to pick-up your packet or email us at trashbash@dmgov.org to make other arrangements. Don't forget if your assigned location is Downtown, stop by Cowles Commons on April 22 between 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. to pick up your team's supplies.  All other site locations outside of Downtown, will have your supplies ready on-site.

Wear your wristband to the volunteer kick-off lunch at Cowles Commons starting at Noon!  If you don't walk to lunch make sure to plan ahead and give yourself time to find street parking or use a city garage.  There will be some free give-aways including a reusable water bottle and shopping bag for volunteers.  Don't forget to bring all your batteries (big and small) and Interstate Battery will recycle them for FREE. 

Packet Pick-up: 
Richard A. Clark Municipal Service Center
1551 E Martin Luther King Jr Parkway
Des Moines, Iowa 50317 

Trash Bash 2015

40 pounds of cigarette butts ...

... have been removed!

Sponsorship

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We could not help our community, the Earth or recognize these volunteer efforts (valued at over $80,000) without the support of our sponsors.  Help make Iowa's largest Earth Day event a success!

Earth Day Trash Bash is a significant day for many individuals and corporations. It began with a few committed individuals cleaning up litter and today has evolved into a collaborative project between the Cities & citizens of Des Moines, West Des Moines, Clive, Pleasant Hill, Metro Waste Authority, Polk County Conservation, Polk Soil and Water Conservation District, West Side Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Ingersoll Business Committee, Trees Forever and Water Works .

While each year we try to reuse tools and supplies, as participation increases, we need your support and hope you will become a sponsor. Sponsorship is an opportunity to communicate to your employees that your company recognizes the importance of our environment and taking care of our community.

Sponsorship dollars help provide a kick-off Bash, volunteer recognition and continued volunteer support (such as dumpsters, portable restrooms, gloves, trash bags and other tools/supplies) to beautify our community. Bronze, Silver and Gold donors receive verbal recognition at the kick-off event and during the captain's meeting. As a Diamond or Platinum sponsor, please review the sponsorship benefits. Thank you for considering this opportunity to make Earth Day Trash Bash 2016 a success.

Sponsorship Levels

Click on a level below to review the benefits of that Sponsorship level.

  • Diamond ($3,000+)
  • Platinum ($1,000-$2,999)
  • Gold ($500-$999)
  • Silver ($250-$499)
  • Bronze (up to $249)

Compare Platinum and Diamond Levels

Diamond  Diamond Sponsors ($3,000 +)

  • Diamond Sponsors 2015 Principal
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  • Diamond Sponsors 2015 Cdm
  • Diamond Sponsors 2015 Wells Fargo
  • Diamond Sponsors 2015 Lamar

Platinum Platinum Sponsors ($1,000 - $2,999)

  • Platinum Sponsors 2014 Des Moines Water Works
  • Platinum Sponsors 2014 Metro Waste Authority
  • Platinum Sponsors 2014 Polk County Conservation
  • Platinum Sponsors 2014 Friends Of Des Moines Parks
  • Platinum Sponsors 2014 Meredith
  • Platinum Sponsors 2015 Voya
  • Platinum Sponsors 2014 Midamerican Energy
  • Platinum Sponsors 2014 Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
  • Platinum Sponsors Sigmanu
  • Platinum Sponsors 2016 Metro Waste Authority
  • Platinum Sponsors 2014 Ernst Young

Special thanks to the following organizations who were on the Trash Bash planning team:
Cities & citizens of Des Moines, West Des Moines, Clive, Pleasant Hill, Metro Waste Authority, Polk County Conservation, Polk Soil and Water Conservation District, West Side Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Ingersoll Business Committee, Trees Forever and Water Works .

Be a Sponsor

It is a opportunity to communicate that your company recognizes the importance of Earth Day ...

... and taking care of our community!