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Bringing Volunteers and Positive Change to Easter Lake
What is the Trash Bash?
Since 2008, the City of Des Moines has been leading Earth Day Trash Bash which is now Iowa’s largest Earth Day volunteer event. Today the event focuses on engaging citizens and businesses in volunteer projects throughout the Des Moines metro area and has grown to be a collaboration between the Cities & citizens of Des Moines, West Des Moines, Clive, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Johnston, Urbandale, Polk County Conservation, Polk Soil & Water Conservation District, West Side Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Ingersoll Business Committee, Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens and Water Works.
Positive Change for Easter Lake
Within the Easter Lake Watershed more than 1000 volunteers have participated as groups of friends and co-workers from multiple businesses including Principal, Wells Fargo, Blank Park Zoo, The Des Moines Register, Corteva, Green Iowa AmeriCorps, Iowa Conservation Corps, and others. With their help, we have targeted over 50 acres of invasive species, cleaned trash in Easter Lake and Ewing Parks, and removed trash along major roadways and in Yeader Creek.
The Easter Lake Watershed Project officially began in July 2013 and has participated in Earth Day Trash Bash every year since 2014. Check out what we have accomplished each year!
– In 2019, Trash Bash engaged 93 volunteer teams at 75 project locations removing litter, clearing invasive species, and more. In total, volunteers removed almost 45,000 pounds of trash, recyclables, tires, metal and brush. Almost 12 pounds of cigarette butts were cleaned up and more than 9,572 plastic bags were recycled. More than 10 miles of trail were cleaned, 7.5 acres of invasive species were removed, and much more.
Get Involved in Trash Bash 2023!
Form a Team
Participation is Trash Bash is easy and fun! Each year multiple volunteer projects are located throughout the Metro. Participate in these projects by helping form a team as a Team Captain. Team Captains help register their teams who can be made up of friends , family, or your co-workers! Teams are matched with volunteer projects which can include trash pickup, invasive species removal, park maintenance, tree planting, and more! Learn more about forming a team and participating by visiting the Earth Day Trash Bash website.
Be a Sponsor
Help support volunteers and the partners who help make Trash Bash a success each year. In the Easter Lake Watershed, Trash Bash is our biggest day of volunteering each year and has helped us make a noticeable different in our watershed especially when it comes to helping restore our woodland areas. Learn more about how you or your business can help sponsor Trash Bash 2023 by visiting the Earth Day Trash Bash website.