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Have Your Own Earth Day “Trash Bash”

April 19, 2011

DES MOINES, Iowa - Earth Day is this Friday and, as every year, there are various campaigns to clean up the environment. This year, the "Trash Bash" is one such event, where people can collect litter in their neighborhoods, and even meet their neighbors and have fun doing it. Metro Waste Authority is a co-sponsor of the Trash Bash coming up in the Des Moines area, and spokeswoman Amy Hock says if your community isn't planning something similar for Earth Day, you can have your own Trash Bash.

"It can be something as simple as walking through their neighborhood and picking up litter. It can be something as simple as going to the grocery store and using reusable bags."

In addition to picking up trash, it's important to pick up such recyclable items as cans, bottles, metal objects and even tires. She says what's filling up landfills are things that could be recycled, and a lot of it is coming from one sector.

"Businesses are not mandated to recycle, and a majority of the material that they bring out to us is recyclable, whether it's office paper or cardboard, those types of items."

She says another item that is often disposed in the trash of but should be handled properly is batteries. This year at the Trash Bash, the Interstate All-Battery Center is making a special effort to collect batteries so they don't end up in the landfill.

At the Des Moines Trash Bash, there will be prizes awarded for people who collect the most litter, and for different types of litter, as well.

Des Moines' "Trash Bash" starts Friday, April 22, at 3:30 p.m. at the Simon Estes Amphitheater downtown; more information is available at

Dick Layman, Public News Service - IA