Texas’ largest single-day, annual waterway cleanup has attracted more than 98,000 volunteers since 1994
Houston-area bayous, rivers, lakes and bays need volunteers for Trash Bash 2016 – Texas’ largest single-day waterways cleanup – on Saturday, April 2.
It’s an event proven to make a real difference in cleaning up and promoting a healthy Galveston Bay Watershed. More than 98,000 volunteers have collected nearly 2,100 tons of trash and more than 9,600 tires since Trash Bash’s inception in 1994.
At Trash Bash 2016, volunteers will converge on 15 sites throughout the Houston region. Families, Boy and Girl Scouts, church groups, volunteer organizations, companies and more will pitch in to clean up and promote a health Galveston Bay Watershed. Volunteers will receive an official Trash Bash t-shirt designed by a Cy Fair ISD student, a free lunch, eligibility for door prizes and educational activities and materials. A commemorative patch is available for Scouts and collectors.
Last year alone, nearly 4,400 volunteers – half under the age of 18 – cleaned 162 miles of shoreline, collected 37.4 tons of trash and recycled 1.3 tons of collected materials. Trash Bash organizers have designed the event to be fun and family friendly.
Founded in 1994 by the Houston-Galveston Area Council and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Trash Bash annually attracts an average of 4,500 volunteers who prowl shorelines and riparian habitat removing debris known to foul water quality, hurt wildlife and diminish scenic views.
Trash Bash is managed by the nonprofit Texas Conservation Fund, with guidance from its Coordination Committee and the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC). The event is partially financed through grants from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
The Energy Corridor Buffalo Bayou Upper Terry Hershey Park Trash Bash meets at 15200 Memorial Drive Houston, TX 77079. To find out more about how you, your family and co-workers can help clean up Houston-area waterways, visit www.trashbash.org.