Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) will celebrate the 32nd annual Trash Bash on Saturday, Sept 23 at T.W. Richardson Grove Park, 333 E. Interstate Highway 635, from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will focus their efforts on the Northern Campion Trails and surrounding area, with the goal of keeping litter from reaching the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. The cleanup will be held on National Public Lands Day, traditionally the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event, and will also be part of Keep Texas Beautiful’s “Fall Sweep.”
Registration deadline is Sept. 16.
KIB will provide litter pickers, gloves, trash and recycle bags. In addition to the cleanup, volunteers will have the opportunity to visit a variety of educational and entertaining exhibits to learn about water conservation, participate in STEM activities, play disc golf or enjoy a puppet show. Lunch will be provided, with a vegetarian option, after the cleanup.
Volunteers are encouraged to bring canned or other nonperishable food items to the Trash Bash. Donations benefit Crisis Ministries of Irving Food Pantry. Those who donate will receive a T-shirt, while supplies last.
As they did with last year’s event, KIB is also offering a “virtual” option. Volunteers can conduct their own cleanups at a safe Irving location of their choice. They will report to KIB by posting pictures and data to their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages using the hashtag #IrvingTrashBash32. Online registration is not required for the virtual option.