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Trash Bash

Cleaning up the Confluence and River des Peres Watersheds

The Open Space Council, along with our partners from Great Rivers Greenway, MSD Project Clear, the River des Peres Watershed Coalition, and Earthways Center are excited to announce the success of the 2022 Confluence and River des Peres Trash Bash!

Volunteers came out to help with the annual clean-up of the rivers and creeks within the watersheds! Thanks to over 350 volunteers, we received plenty of help to take care of this valuable natural resource in our community. Instead of a one-day clean-up, volunteers removed trash and debris at their desired sites for the clean-ups in April and October. Some volunteers also choose to mark storm drain inlets. Storm drain marking kits were provided, and over 500 storm drains were marked. Want to learn more about storm drain marking?

Click here for a short informational video!

To help you determine which site is best suited for each household, all sites are given a grading scale for volunteer accessibility – the grading scale is below:

Grade A: On Land – Flat. Open. Suitable for all ages and with some limited mobility. On Water – Easy Float.

Grade B: On Land – Some Slopes. Some Brush. Recommended for ages nine and up. Complete mobility is suggested. On Water – Moderate float for those with some experience.

Grade C: On Land – Heavy trash. Heavy brush. Steep slopes. Complete mobility is needed. Recommended for ages 16 and up. On Water – Moderately Strenuous float for those who are experienced paddlers.

Grade D: On Land – Experienced volunteers only. Heavy lifting. Steep slopes. Heavy brush. May involve heavy equipment and power tools for the majority of trash removed. On Water – Strenuous float only for experienced paddlers and can respond to quickly changing conditions on the water.

The Open Space Council provided volunteers with work gloves and trash bags for their clean-ups. The event is always free, and volunteers pre-register to receive their free t-shirt, select a clean-up site, and help event organizers coordinate supplies. Upon registering, volunteers received confirmation emails regarding collecting trash and where to place garbage collected.

Check out this video from The Greenway Network about why clean-ups like these are so important in protecting our waterways.

Volunteers are the backbone of our clean-ups, and we are so thankful for their help in our continued efforts to protect and preserve our rivers and streams by preventing litter from polluting our land and waterways. This ensures habitats for wildlife and clean water for everyone in the community. Volunteers are encouraged to take pictures and share them on social media using the #TrashBash2022.

Check out the gallery of volunteers from last year’s River des Peres Trash Bash below!

Click Here for the 2021 River des Peres Trash Bash Report and Here for the Confluence Trash Bash Report Data.