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

Last year, we had more than 1700 registered volunteers at 70 project locations throughout the greater Des Moines metro. They removed over 83,000 pounds of trash, recyclables, tires, metal and brush, along with almost 17 pounds of cigarette butts, 24 bags of invasive garlic mustard and they recycled 3200 plastic grocery bags!

Saturday Events

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 West Des Moines, Clive, Pleasant Hill, Johnston, Urbandale, Metro Waste Authority, 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 partnering with the City of Des Moines at more than 50 project locations throughout the greater Des Moines metro.

Trash Bash Removed TrashThis year we plan on expanding past Friday. While Friday, April 20, 2018 (Rain Date April 23) Earth Day will continue to be our team day, we will also have Saturday events that you can come out and be involved in if you are an individual.

2017 Earth Day Team Photos and Past Earth Day Trash Bash Photos

Saturday Earth Day Trash Bash Events

  • 11:00-3:00 Downtown Earth Day Tour (https://www.sciowa.org/learn/downtown-earth-day-tour/)
  • 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

Earth Day means Action!

Each year, as part of Earth Day we try to share some type of environmental education messaging.  Earth Day in the U.S. began in 1970 as 20 million Americans, from all walks of life, mobilized in an effort to change our environment.  Today, Earth Day is celebrated by more than a billion people per year in 192 countries.  Earth Day Trash Bash, a local event in honor of Earth Day, is Iowa's largest volunteer Earth Day effort.  The 2018 theme is ending Plastic Pollution and we encourage all citizens to reduce, reuse and recycle.  Plastic litters our landscapes in each of our communities ending up in our waterways we drink from, in our soil we grow from and injures wildlife.  For more information about Earth Day Network's efforts to end plastic pollution, visit Earth Day Network .  

Show Your Commitment

The Metro Area is divided into volunteer project locations for both Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21.  Thanks to our sponsors, each location will have the supplies onsite to complete your project.

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Volunteer

Captains lead the team, collect the waivers, attend the captain's meeting, and distribute the lunch wristbands and safety information. To thank you for your help coordinating your volunteer team you will get an Earth Day t-shirt. 

We encourage you to participate in our fun awards.  Nominations can be submitted by emailing pictures to trashbash@dmgov.org or posting them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #trashbash2018.  Show us your Team Spirit ... wear a team t-shirt, costume or anything to show you've got SPIRIT! Snap a pic while volunteering and submit it with our hashtag #trashbash2018 for a chance to win Best Selfie.  Our Best Selfie winnerwill win a family membership to the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.  Show us your unique find for the Finders Keepers awards.  Ye Olde Bag is our newest award and can be won collecting the most plastic grocery bags to bring to the kick-off for recycling.  The bags must be counted and bagged before you drop them off so they don't blow away on site. 

Reminders

Register from March 1- March 30.  All volunteers must sign the waiver on the registration site. All supplies you need to volunteer will be provided at the site you register for.  Remember it's spring so dress for the weather and the work you sign up for.  Protect your body by wearing close-toed work boots or tennis shoes, long pants and long sleeves.  You may want to bring water, sunscreen and other items to make your volunteering worry-free. 

Trash Bash 2017

17 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 $144,000 in 2017) 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, Johnston, Urbandale, Metro Waste Authority, 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 .

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 volunteer kick-off Bash, volunteer recognition and continued volunteer support (such as dumpsters, portable restrooms, gloves, trash bags, project location signs and other tools/supplies) to beautify our community on both Friday, April 20 and now Saturday, April 21 too. 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.  We're growing and can only make Earth Day Trash Bash 2018 a success with your help.

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 Cdm
  • Diamond Sponsors 2015 Lamar
  • Diamond Sponsors 2017 Principal
  • Diamond Sponsors 2017 Vivians
  • Diamond Sponsors 2015 Wells Fargo

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

  • Platinum Sponsors 2017 Arag
  • Platinum Sponsors 2014 Des Moines Water Works
  • Platinum Sponsors 2017 Ernst Young
  • Platinum Sponsors 2014 Friends Of Des Moines Parks
  • Platinum Sponsors 2017 Hydro Klean2
  • Platinum Sponsors 2014 Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
  • Platinum Sponsors 2014 Meredith
  • Platinum Sponsors 2014 Metro Waste Authority
  • Platinum Sponsors 2014 Midamerican Energy
  • Platinum Sponsors 2014 Polk County Conservation
  • Platinum Sponsors 2015 Voya
  • Platinum Sponsors 2016 Metro Waste Authority

Special thanks to the following organizations who were on the Earth Day Trash Bash planning team:
Cities & citizens of Des Moines, West Des Moines, Clive, Pleasant Hill, Johnston, Urbandale, Metro Waste Authority, 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 Des Moines 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!