Earth Day Trash Bash
FRIDAY, April 19, 2013

(Rain Date MONDAY, April 22)


Green Up Des Moines...Earth Day Means Action!

Registration closed 3/29 and we have over 1000 volunteers registered to GREEN UP GREATER DES MOINES!  We're excited for this partnership effort between the cities of Des Moines, West Des Moines, Clive, Windsor Heights, Polk County Conservation, Ingersoll Business District, and Water Works. 

Last year, we had over 1,000 volunteers on 64 teams in 50 project locations!  They removed over 24,000 pounds of litter, brush & recyclables as well as beautified our public lands, cleaned up storm damage, and cleared away invasive species in an effort to improve Iowa's water quality and waterways.  They even collected 37.7 pounds of cigarette butts as part of our Big Buttowski competition!

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

Captain Information

Thank you for registering your team.  Encourage them to participate in the Team Spirit contest and wear a team t-shirt, costume or anything to show you've got SPIRIT!

Each registered volunteer will get a wristband from their Captain (distributed at the Captain's meeting) for their free Big City Burgers and Greens lunch.  We're trying to reduce our waste and we'll try to get everything composted or recycled from lunch.  Bring your own water bottle to refill at the DM Water Works refill station


Schedule of Events

 11:30 - 1:30      Kick-Off Bash/Team Rally (Nollen Plaza)

Gather your team for food, music, educational team activities and the team introductions.  Team will have commute time between 1:00-1:30 to get to their sites.

1:30 - 5:00         Earth Day Volunteer Projects (Greater Des Moines Metro Area)

Safety Talk, project orientation, tools and clean-up time included

  • Collect your team's volunteer waivers.  If your team is all adults you may use the group waiver.  All volunteers must sign or digitally sign (if adults).  Scan and secn as one group with (please put team name and captain name in subject line) to prior to April 11th or bring waivers (Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability or Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability for Groups) along to the captain meeting on April 12th. 

  • Send your captain to the meeting.  Send your captain to the mandatory captain meeting to receive a map of your territory, receive wristbands for your team's free lunch and review logistical information necessary for Earth Day.  The mandatory captain meeting is on:    

Friday, April 12th, 10:30 - 11:30

Downtown Community Alliance

Arthur Davis Conference Room

700 Locust Street, Suite 100


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Earth Day Trash Bash Challenge Goes Green

This year's Earth Day Trash Bash is dedicated to Improving Iowa's Waterways and Water Quality.  Our projects are important for enhancing or improving water quality, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and beautifying the Metro.


Show Your Commitment

We could not help our community, the Earth or recognize these volunteer efforts (valued at over $70,000) without the support of our sponsors.  Interested, please view our sponsorship page.  For more information contact or call (515)248-6380.  Help make Iowa's largest Earth Day event a success!