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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 over 1,200 volunteers in 60 project locations! They removed over 122,000 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 20 pounds of cigarette butts as part of our Big Buttowski competition!

Earth Day Trash Bash 2015

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, Ingersoll Business Committee, and Water Works.

Thanks to corporate commitment to a better environment and a healthier community we had 1,200 participants register in 2014. Last year, we had around 60 project locations throughout the greater Des Moines metro removing litter, beautifying public lands and cleaning out invasive species all in effort to improve Iowa’s water quality and waterways. They removed over 122,000 pounds of trash, recyclables, tires, metal and brush along with 20 pounds of cigarette butts. We continue to diversify our 2015 volunteer opportunities to include natural resource protection and improvement projects.

Trash Bash Removed TrashOn Earth Day will kick-off with a Bash downtown including sponsor & volunteer recognition, team introductions and educational booths. The rally builds a sense of community and cohesiveness to the day’s activities and is an opportunity to recognize the thousands of hours these volunteers will put in. After the kick-off bash and lunch, team captains will lead the volunteers out to their project locations for an afternoon giving back to the community.

Schedule of Events

  • 12:00-1:00 Kick-Off Bash/Team Rally (Capital Square)
    Gather your team for food, music, educational team activities and the 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

Saving the Monarch!

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 up our community and more.  The 2015 theme focuses on the decline of the Monarch butterfly and it's loss of habitat.  As children we grew up with monarchs flying all around but recently their numbers have declined by 90%!  As the saying goes, "Earth Day is everyday!" and we hope Iowa volunteers will continue to get involved in conservation projects beyond Earth Week.  Whether it is helping collect native milkweed seed, participating in our citizen science monitoring efforts or just planting a backyard butterfly habitat, our volunteers will learn of other educational and volunteer efforts around saving the Monarch that they can get involved in this year.  We know our community can be an active partner in bringing back the Monarch butterfly from the edge of extinction. 

Show Your Commitment

Ready to sign up? The Metro Area is divided into more than 40 volunteer locations. We need the help of almost 1,200 volunteers and hope you'll be one of them. Volunteers must register as a team with a captain by March 27th at noon. Teams will then be matched to locations. Thanks to our sponsors, each location will have the supplies onsite to complete your project. Captains will receive their Earth Day t-shirt, lunch wristbands for their teams, vital safety information and location assignments at the captain's meeting on Wednesday, April 15th. To thank you for your volunteer time you will receive a free Big City Burgers & Greens lunch at our Kick-Off Bash at Capital Square on April 24th.   

Commitment

Captain Information

Ready to form your team? 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

Once you are registered, collect 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 prior to April 14th or bring waivers along to the captain meeting on April 15th.

At the mandatory captain meeting you will receive a map of your territory, wristbands for your team's free lunch, your t-shirt and review logistical information necessary for Earth Day. 

The mandatory captain meeting is on: 
Wednesday, April 15, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Richard A. Clark Municipal Service Center
1551 E Martin Luther King Jr Parkway
Des Moines, Iowa 50317 

Trash Bash 2014

20 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, Ingersoll Business Committee, 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 2015 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 Clear Channel
  • Diamond Sponsors 2015 Wells Fargo
  • Diamond Sponsors 2015 Cdm

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

  • Platinum Sponsors 2014 Ernst Young
  • 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

Special thanks to the following organizations who were on the Trash Bash planning team:
Cities of Des Moines, West Des Moines, Clive, Pleasant Hill, Metro Waste Authority, Polk County Conservation, Polk Soil and Water Conservation District, Ingersoll Business Committee, Water Works, Todd and Angie McBride.

Be a Sponsor

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

... and taking care of our community!