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River, Lakes, Bays ‘N Bayous Trash Bash® is pleased to announce our 23rd annual clean up of the Galveston Bay Watershed on April 2, 2016 at 8:30 AM. This event promotes environmental stewardship of our watershed through public education by utilizing hands-on educational tools and developing partnerships between environmental, governmental and private organizations.

“April 2nd will mark Trash Bash’s 23rd year of cleaning our local waterways and the catalysts for its continued success are our committed sponsors and our dedicated volunteers,” said Lori Traweek, president of the Texas Conservation Fund. “They believe in what we are trying to accomplish with our message that prevention is key to controlling litter and we are all responsible to do our part.”

Get Involved!

Wondering what you can do to protect our watershed? Consider volunteering or sponsoring.

Volunteering

Trash Bash® provides an opportunity for people from all age groups and walks of life to work together in order to accomplish a single goal: clean up the Galveston Bay Watershed.

Participating in this half-day cleanup event takes just three easy steps!

(1)    Visit www.trashbash.org to download a registration waiver form and select a site.

(2)    Bring your completed and signed registration waiver form to your site’s Check-In Station on the day of the event. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian sign their registration waiver form.

(3)    Go out and “Clean It Like You Mean It!”

Upon check-in, volunteers are provided with gloves, trash bags, and cleanup instructions. Volunteers also receive an official Trash Bash® t-shirt featuring student art, free lunch, eligibility for door prizes, and lots of educational activities and materials.  A commemorative patch is available for Scouts and patch collectors.

Closed-toes shoes are required to participate. Please dress appropriately for work outdoors.

Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to preregister and contact their site coordinator for special instructions.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Participation in this important event doesn’t mean you have to get your hands dirty. Multiple sponsorship levels are available for our corporate friends, along with gift-in-kind donations, and monetary contributions by private citizens/organizations. All contributions are tax-deductible and help further the cause of protecting our watershed. A Corporate Sponsorship Form can be found online. Inquiries regarding private contributions and gifts-in-kind donations should be made to lnorton@gcwda.com.

Facts & Figures

Started in 1993 with 7 sites; Trash Bash® has grown to 15 sites across the Galveston Bay Watershed with thousands of volunteers annually. In 2015, 4,384 volunteers cleaned 162 miles of shoreline; collected 37.4 tons of trash; and recycled 1.3 tons of collected materials. Of the volunteers, 2,158 were under 18 years of age, further contributing to our mission to educate and empower the next generation in caring for the watershed. About one-third of the volunteers were scouts. Cumulative results for 22 consecutive events are available on the website.

For more information visit www.trashbash.org, call the Trash Bash® Hotline at (281) 486-9500, or e-mail

WaterResources@h-gac.com.

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