On March 18, a record-breaking number of volunteers took part in the annual Confluence Trash Bash organized by Great Rivers Greenway. Over the course of a single Saturday afternoon, 600 people converged on the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers to help clean up the waterways that have shaped their region’s history for generations.

The Impact of People Power

People of all ages, from children to seniors, made up the eco-friendly throng who lent their time and energy to cleaning trash from their rivers. Spread over multiple sites throughout north St. Louis and St. Louis County, volunteers removed a staggering 6.6 tons of trash from the water and river banks. A 40 cubic yard dumpster donated by Budget Dumpster hauled away 5.2 tons of debris alone. Hardworking volunteers also carted away 1.3 tons of scrap metal to area recyclers and removed a whopping 287 tires.

Great Rivers Greenway Volunteers

A Long History of Cleanups

The Confluence Trash Bash meets an enormous need for litter cleanup in the region. Especially following floods or heavy rain, the confluence of these two major rivers often becomes clogged with trash and debris carried from numerous locations. Not only does this trash affect water quality, it can also harm the animals that are essential to the rivers’ ecosystems.

After last year’s cleanup, Trash Bash participants had removed about 61 tons of litter from the confluence over the event’s eight-year history. But with its record-breaking number of volunteers, the 2017 Trash Bash was able to make a bigger impact than any previous cleanup.

This year’s cleanup was organized by Great Rivers Greenway, in conjunction with many other organizations and municipalities, including the Greenway Network, the St. Louis Audubon Society and Missouri River Relief. We at Budget Dumpster are proud to have been a part of such an inspiring cleanup effort. We look forward to seeing even more volunteers turn out in 2018 for an even more impressive impact!

Great Rivers Greenway volunteers in a boat.

About Great Rivers Greenway

Great Rivers Greenway is a regional greenway district created by a vote of the people in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. The organization improves the quality of life for all in the St. Louis region by connecting people to their rivers, parks and communities through a network of greenways. With 110 miles of greenways built so far, Great Rivers Greenway looks forward to connecting the entire region together in a 600-mile system. For more information, visit GreatRiversGreenway.org.

Volunteers jumping for joy.

Budget Dumpster regularly donates dumpsters to assist with river cleanups, neighborhood cleanups and other revitalization projects. Learn how to plan a river cleanup in your community.