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News Release
Friday, March 19, 2010

17th Annual Trash Bash Set for March 27

One of the state’s largest waterway cleanup events is just around the corner. River, Lakes, Bays ‘n Bayous Trash Bash is celebrating its 17th year and you’re invited to join the party. More than 5,000 Texans will gather at 17 locations across the Houston-Galveston area to participate on Saturday, March 27, 2010.

Mobilize your family, school, church, neighbors, and organizations to remove tons of trash and debris from your community - the Galveston Bay watershed. Participating in this half-day cleanup event is easy. Just visit www.trashbash.org and choose your site. Download your registration/liability forms and bring them to your chosen Trash Bash location or fill out a form onsite. Registration and check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. Groups of six or more are encouraged to contact their site coordinator for special instructions that will ease registration.

Every site will provide volunteers with gloves, trash bags, t-shirts, lunch, door prizes, and educational activities. A commemorative patch is available for scouts and patch collectors.

In 1994, the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality joined forces to organize Trash Bash. In 1999 the Trash Bash Steering Committee, comprised of local partners, took over the event.

Trash Bash has received many local, state and national awards, including the Governor’s Texas Environmental Excellence Award, Keep America Beautiful Award, Keep Houston Beautiful Award, Mayor of Houston’s Proud Partners Award, Keep Texas Beautiful Award for Civic Leadership, and EPA Gulf Guardian Award.

Corporate sponsors are able to satisfy requirements of industry initiatives such as “Clean Industries,” “Clean Industries Plus” and “Responsible Careâ’”. In 2003 Trash Bashâ was also approved by TCEQ as an ongoing Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP)

Platinum ($5,000) Sponsors are: Agrifos, Bastrop Bayou Watershed, Bayou Preservation Association, Galveston Bay Estuary Program, Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority, Harris County, Houston-Galveston Area Council, KBR, Port of Houston Authority, Republic Services Inc., Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and The Green Sheet.

Gold ($2,500) Sponsors are: Air Liquide Large Industries US, City of Houston, Harris County Flood Control District, HEB, Nestlé Waters, Texas Outhouse, The DOW Chemical Company and Waste Connections of Texas.

Silver ($1,000) Sponsors are: AECOM, AES Deepwater, American Acryl, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Calumet, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company-Baytown, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company-Pasadena, Gahagan & Bryant Associates, Inc., Harris-Galveston Subsidence District, Houston Pilots, INEOS NOVA, iOffice, J. Simmons Group, Inc., Jones Lang LaSalle, The Lubrizol Corporation, Occidental Chemical Corporation, San Jacinto River Authority, South Coast Terminals, Inc., Space Center Rotary Club, The Sun Products Corporation, Texas Bottle Bill 2011, Texas Petrochemicals Corporation, TOTAL Petrochemicals USA, Inc. – Deer Park Plant, TOTAL Petrochemicals USA, Inc. – La Porte Plant, U.S. Forest Service and, Vopak Terminal Deer Park, Inc.

For more information visit www.trashbash.org, call the Trash Bash Hotline at (281) 486-9500, or e-mail swinformation@h-gac.com.




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