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Trash Bash

Earth Day Trash Bash 2021

Friday, April 24 & Saturday, April 25

Thank you for your support of Iowa’s largest Earth Day Trash Bash. In response to recent guidance announced by the Centers for Disease Control and in our continued effort to keep patrons and staff safe, Earth Day Trash Bash 2020 is canceled.

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 2019, we had 93 volunteer teams at 75 project locations throughout the greater Des Moines metro.  Volunteers remove litter, beautify public lands and clean out invasive species. They removed almost 45,000 pounds of trash, recyclables, tires, metal and brush, along with almost 12 pounds of cigarette butts, recycled more than 9,572 plastic bags, cleaned more than 10 miles of trails, cleared 7.5 acres of invasive species, moved more than 100 cubic yards of mulch and more.  

Friday - Schedule

Friday, April 24 - Kick-off with a Bash downtown at Noon, including lunch, sponsor recognition and educational booths. 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.   RAIN DATE: Monday, April 27

A group photo from past Trash Bash event
Kick-Off Bash/Team Rally (Cowles Commons, 221 Walnut St. place )
Gather your team for food, music by Bruce Day and educational booths!
Commute to Assigned Site, Group Photo & Safety Talk.
Earth Day Volunteer Projects (Greater Des Moines Metro Area).
Clean-up, Collect Tools/Supplies, Post-Project Photos & Award Submissions

Saturday - Schedule

Saturday, April 25 Earth Day volunteer opportunities 

City of Des Moines - SW 9th Merchant’s Association
MacRae Park Walker Shelter (SW Corner of the Park), 1021 Davis Ave. place

Celebrate Earth Day at our 7th annual volunteer park clean-up, on Saturday, April 25th. Help Friends of SW 9th keep this newly renovated park clean by walking the hills of MacRae, bagging litter and bringing it to the curb for pick-up. Tools and supplies are provided. FREE food and drinks for volunteers! Wear close-toed shoes, long pants and long sleeves to protect yourself. Minors must have a parent/legal guardian complete our minor waiver to participate.

City of Des Moines – Public Works Right of Ways
Pioneer Park, Gray’s Woods and South Park Neighborhoods place

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in your neighborhood on Saturday, April 25th. Grab a trash bag, gather your neighbors and help clean up your neighborhood. Register your group with Public Works so they can swing by after and pick up your trashy treasures. You provide the supplies and we provide the pick-up!

City of West Des Moines
West Des Moines City Hall, 4200 Mills Civic Parkway place

Earth Day Family Fun-Earth Day is a perfect day for you and your family to come enjoy some FREE family friendly outdoor activities. You can go kayaking, canoeing, fishing or you may to make a craft or relax in our outdoor lounge and enjoy a cup of coffee or cocoa! FREE tree saplings will be handed out to celebrate and the first 100 families will receive a painted lady caterpillar to raise. Come help us celebrate.

Earth Day means Action!

A volunteer in action

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. 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.

Show Your Commitment

The Metro is divided into team volunteer project locations. Captains register their teams by March 30th. Teams are then matched with projects. Captains must attend the April 8th Captain’s Meeting where they will receive a free Earth Day shirt as a thank-you for leading a team, lunch wristbands for the kick-off bash, safety information and project details. Volunteers will receive a free lunch at our Kick-Off Bash at Cowles Commons on April 24.

PLEASE NOTE: Before you register, make sure your team is available for both Friday, April 24 and the rain date Monday, April 27. If it's just a spring shower we will work, but if it's lightening or the weather makes the projects unsafe, they will be rescheduled to Monday to make sure they still get done!

Show Your Commitment

Captain Info

Ankeny Sanitation team members

AWARDS: Captains also encourage the team 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 #trashbash2020, during or after the event. Check out photos from previous years.

  • Show us your Team Spirit ... wear a team t-shirt, costume or anything to show you've got SPIRIT!
  • Earn the Bigg Buttowski for most cigarette butts collected (weighed in at Cowles Commons).
  • Snap a pic of Best Selfie or show us your unique find for the Finders Keepers awards.
  • Ye Olde Bag can be won collecting 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.

Captain Reminders

Captain's Meeting:
Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Richard A. Clark Municipal Service Center
1551 E Martin Luther King Jr Parkway place
Des Moines, Iowa 50317


We could not help our community, the Earth or recognize these volunteer efforts without the support of our sponsors. The value of Earth Day volunteerism and sponsorship in 2019 was more than $200,000. Help make Iowa's largest Earth Day event a success again!

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.  We have both Friday and Saturday Earth Day Trash Bash events that need your support. 

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. 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 2020 a success.

Sponsorship Levels


$3,000 +


$1,000 - $2,999


$500 - $999


$250 - $499


Up to $249

compare Compare Platinum and Diamond Levels

2020 Diamond Sponsors ($3,000 +)

Blank Park Zoo logo
City of Des Moines logo
Des Moines Water Works logo
Midamerican Energy logo
Wells Fargo logo

2020 Platinum Sponsors ($1,000 - $2,999)

Alter Trading logo
Ernst and Young logo
Friends of Des Moines Parks logo
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation logo
Kum and Go logo
Meredith logo

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, Norwalk, 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.