Every year, the Budget Dumpster team celebrates Earth Day by supporting the work of organizations around the country that are doing good for the environment. From using a donated dumpster to clear away litter to using donated funds to educate people about wildlife, below are four organizations whose work on Earth Day 2017 highlighted just how much good a committed group can accomplish.

Williamsburg’s College Creek Cleanup

Volunteers at the College Creek Cleanup.

Image: Monty Mason for Virginia

On April 22, volunteers joined Senator Monty Mason for their fourth annual cleanup of Williamsburg, Virginia’s College Creek. Adults and children alike came together to get their hands dirty removing litter from the section of the creek below the High Street development. But the cleanup was just one part of Williamsburg’s “Earth Day-Dirt Day” celebration. Attendees could also learn about recycling, clean energy and maintaining healthy water sources while enjoying free games and activities. Guests could even take home free trees, complete with planting instructions and materials. We’re proud to have provided funds to help Williamsburg keep its community clean and green.

Kenyon College’s Earth Day Festival

Guests making wildlife habitats.

Image: Kenyon College

Kenyon College uses its annual “Keep It Wild: Earth Day” celebration to provide fun-filled opportunities for visitors to learn the importance of biodiversity and the need to better share our surroundings with animals. Budget Dumpster helped fund an activity that allowed guests to build their own shelters for various types of local wildlife. By the end of the day, enthusiastic guests had built 100 bug hotels, 60 bat houses, and 98 bluebird boxes. Visitors also got to meet owls, penguins, snakes, opossums and other animals brought in by the Columbus Zoo, the Ohio Wildlife Center, the Ohio Bird Sanctuary and the Midwest Biodiversity Institute. We hope to see even more guests engaged in protecting wildlife next year.

Save the Bay: Cleaning Up Narragansett Bay

Volunteers standing on rocks near the bay.

Image: Save the Bay

Save the Bay works year-round to protect and improve Narragansett Bay through education, advocacy and restoration work, including dozens of cleanups throughout the spring and fall. But their yearly Earth Day cleanups are something special. In a single day, hundreds of volunteers come out to clean thousands of pounds of trash from sites along the length of the bay. This year, a 15 cubic yard dumpster donated by Budget Dumpster helped 112 volunteers remove 829 pounds of trash from the Fields Point cleanup site alone. Last year, volunteers picked up nearly 8,000 pounds of trash from all sites combined. We’re proud to have been a part of this year’s cleanup work and can’t wait to hear 2017’s final tally.

Neponset River Watershed Association

Volunteer dumping a wheelbarrow of cleaned up debris.

Image: Neponset River Watershed Association

On April 29, volunteers with the Neponset River Watershed Association in Canton, Massachusetts, put in an incredible day’s work cleaning up their local river. 150 volunteers of all ages gathered to remove trash from many different sites, including the Neponset Riverwalk in Quincy, the Granite Avenue marshes and Greenway Trail in Dorchester, and the Baker Condos/Lower Mills/Greenway Trail in Milton. With funding provided by Budget Dumpster, volunteers filled three 30 cubic yard dumpsters with trash and also managed to completely disassemble a wooden dock that had sat abandoned in the marsh by Commander Shea Boulevard for years. We’re glad we had the chance to help these dedicated volunteers keep their communities safe and clean.

Did you do something good for the environment this Earth Day? Tell us about it in the comments! See our dumpster donation page to learn about requesting a dumpster for your own cleanup event.