Earth Day Trash Bash, Iowa's largest Earth Day volunteer event, is a collaborative project between the Cities & citizens of Des Moines, West Des Moines, Clive, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Johnston, Urbandale, Polk County Conservation, Polk Soil and Water Conservation District, West Side Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Ingersoll Business Committee, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and Water Works.
Thanks to corporate commitment to a better environment and a healthier community, in 2018, we had more than 1900 registered volunteers. Last year, we had around 75 project locations throughout the greater Des Moines metro with volunteers removing litter, beautifying public lands and cleaning out invasive species. They removed over 81,000 pounds of trash, recyclables, tires, metal and brush, along with almost 34 pounds of cigarette butts, planted 200 trees, and recycled 3,400 plastic grocery bags. For the first time, the kick-off Bash was a ZERO WASTE event! Which means 100% of the waste from the lunch was diverted from the landfill!