Since April 22, 1970, thousands of events have been held in support of the environment on this day, every year. It’s internationally recognized as Earth Day, and for the last 47 years, it has inspired and motivated people to take action.
That includes Budget Dumpster, which continues to donate dumpsters to organizations nationwide to aid in their community cleanups, in addition to supporting events that promote sustainability.
Last year was a huge success, as we provided dumpsters for over a dozen community cleanups in our own backyard and across the country.
Since last Earth Day, we’ve been just as busy cleaning up waterways and neighborhoods throughout the country. In fact, it’s the most we’ve ever done.
With Earth Day quickly approaching, let’s take a look at some of the cleanup events we sponsored, as well as the organizations who used their donated dumpster to better their community.
Cleaning Up Our Rivers and Neighborhoods
Confluence Trash Bash
This past March, Budget Dumpster supplied a dumpster to the Confluence Trash Bash, an annual cleanup event in North St. Louis and North St. Louis County. Our dumpster assisted in the cleanup of Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park.
Missouri River Relief
Missouri River Relief (MRR) teamed up with us to clean up the Missouri River, which has been battered by industrial pollution, littering and illegal dumping for decades. Our donation helped MRR dispose of trash and debris that was retrieved from the water. Check out our profile on MRR’s cleanups and other pro-river activities here.
In an effort to clean up the banks of San Antonio’s waterways, we provided a dumpster to Basura Bash, an annual waterway cleanup event. Our donation was used to dispose of trash that had built up within San Antonio’s rivers and creeks.
AmeriCorps Urban Safety Project
Last fall, we had the pleasure of donating a 20 yard dumpster to the AmeriCorps Urban Safety Project (AMUS), which joined residents of Detroit’s MED neighborhood (Morningside, East English Village and Cornerstone) to clean up the area around Radnor Street and Warren Avenue. Brush and weeds were cleared away, debris was removed and vacant structures were boarded up.
Celebrating Earth Day
Of course, our support goes beyond dumpsters. We are highly active in the communities we service, partnering with nonprofits and universities in support of their sustainability initiatives, including these upcoming Earth Day events:
Kent State University
We’re proud to partner with Kent State University’s annual Earth Day Celebration, which will be held April 23 at the Stark Campus Center. The day’s schedule of events include educational activities, nature walks, mock fossil digs and more.
On April 22, Kenyon College in Columbus, OH will be hosting its annual Earth Day event at the Brown Family Environmental Center. This year’s theme is “Keep It Wild,” which plays off the animals and animal-focused activities expected at the event. Representatives from the Columbus Zoo, Ohio Wildlife Center Midwest Biodiversity Institute and Ohio Bird Sanctuary will be bringing in birds, crawfish, reptiles, small mammals and more to interact with attendees.
The weekend’s festivities will conclude with the 11th annual Earth Day Challenge Half Marathon and 4-Miler at the Kenyon Athletic Center.
St. Edward’s University
We also reached out to St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX to support their Earth Week celebration. The festivities kick off April 21 and run through April 26. Events running throughout the week include a tree planting, an Earth Day art show and a Milkweed seed spreading. The school’s bookstore will also be giving out reusable bags, as well as recycling all printed reports and receipts.
While we are a big advocate of Earth Day, we believe the best way to celebrate is to act like every day is Earth Day. We encourage you to do the same by getting involved with cleanups and events in your neighborhood. To learn more about organizing a community cleanup, reducing your carbon footprint or planning a river cleanup, visit our Earth Day 2017 page.
We’re always looking for opportunities to donate dumpsters to organizations in need of them for their community cleanups. If you would like to be considered for a dumpster donation or know of any organizations that could benefit from one, contact us via our dumpster request form.