With Earth Day around the corner, Ames to host Stash the Trash, Stream Clean-Up events this month

Danielle Gehr
Ames Tribune

With Earth Day around the corner, the city is holding two events that aim to make Ames a little bit cleaner. 

An annual volunteer clean-up event, Stash the Trash, begins this week, and a Stream Clean-Up of Ioway Creek will be held on April 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The events are right around Earth Day on Friday, an annual event in support of environmental protection.

“These are terrific opportunities for those interested in sustainability and giving back to the community,” Resource Recovery Plant Superintendent Bill Schmitt said in a news release. “After a long winter, garbage can collect in public spaces around Ames. We need help from volunteers to get those areas cleaned up and the garbage collected and properly disposed of.”

Stash the Trash participants choose a part of the city to clean up and drop bags of collected trash off at a dumpster in the parking lot of Reiman Gardens, 1407 University Blvd. Starting Monday, trash bags will be available for pickup at the Resource Recovery Plant, 110 Center Ave, or the City Hall east lobby, 515 Clark Ave. 

The dumpster will be available from April 29 to May 1. Bags will also be available at the dumpster location the morning of April 30. 

Volunteers for the Stream Clean-Up must register by April 25. More information and online registration is available at www.prrcd.org/__ioway_creek_cleanup/

Iowa State University Facilities and Planning Management, ISU Office of Sustainability, Prairie Rivers of Iowa, Outdoor Alliance, Skunk River Paddlers, and Story County Conservation are co-hosting the creek clean-up event.

Danielle Gehr is a politics and government reporter for the Ames Tribune. She can be reached by email at dgehr@gannett.com, phone at (515) 663-6925 or on Twitter at @Dani_Gehr.