Earth Day 2016: Plan Ahead to Get Involved

posted 3/4/2015

Earth Day 2016: Plan Ahead to Get Involved

Earth Day rolls around every April 22, inspiring citizens and communities to help make our planet a better place now, and for future generations. Why not plan to get involved this year? Here are ways you can…

Help Clean Up Our Capitol City 

Earth Day Trash Bash, Iowa's largest Earth Day volunteer event, will happen April 22. Last year, 1200+ volunteers signed up and cleared away nearly 72,000 lbs. of litter, debris, tires, metal and more from around the Metro.  Grab some colleagues and register as a team!  Your team will be assigned to a location and all the supplies you need are provided.  It’s really that easy to make a noticeable impact!

Organize Your Own Neighborhood Cleanup

Maybe you’ve had an eye on your own little corner of the planet that could use some TLC.  Neighborhood cleanups are a great way to meet people and work together to care for communal areas. Do it in conjunction with a block party and make it an annual event! Metro Waste Authority has litter grabbers, garbage bags and other supplies to help make your cleanup a breeze. 

Adopt A Stream

Water quality is front and center in Iowa right now, and for good reason. Pollution is a problem in our creeks, streams and rivers. Many pollutants are invisible and detected only through monitoring and testing. But there are also pollutants in our waterways that we can see, like litter, debris – even tires and appliances! Adopt A Stream is a local program that can really make a difference. There are several established Adopt a Stream teams that would welcome your participation. Volunteering with a team is a great way to “dip your toe in the water” and see firsthand the results of your effort. There are plenty of streams to adopt and Metro Waste Authority can walk you through every step of the process

Be Informed

One of the best things we can do for our environment is to be informed citizens. Metro Waste Authority offers Green Talks to help educate residents about a variety of topics, including recycling guidelines, starting a recycling program at your workplace and a big-picture view of how waste is managed locally.

So whether you are tromping around the city cleaning up trash, working in a stream to improve water quality or just broadening your knowledge of green issues, it’s all important.  Be ready – April 22 is coming soon!