Trash Dash

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Recycle Montana Trash Dash
September 18th to September 25th, 2021


The object of the Trash Dash?

Collect as much trash and recyclables as you can in honor of World/National Clean Up Day! Pick one day or do it the whole week of September 18th to September 25th. Go by foot, horseback, bike or motorized vehicle- pick up as much trash and recyclables as you can! No limit to the number of days in that week! The more the better!

What is recyclable?
Check the “Where to Recycle in Montana” section of the Recycle Montana (non-profit) website recyclemontana.com. It will give you locations of where to recycle in your area and what the recyclers take.

Are there fees and entry deadline?
No fees. We do encourage donations. Enter HERE! Enter the Trash Dash as an individual or in teams. The bigger the team the better.

What do I get for entering?
The team/individual gets iron-on transfers for their t-shirt (or make a flag!) with our Trash Dash logo. The team/individual gets a chance at winning prizes, bragging rights and recognition in your local paper and on Recycle Montana’s Facebook page and website, and the satisfaction of making your part of Montana a cleaner place!

I provide the t-shirts?
Yep! Reuse your old t-shirts, create a “t-shirt” out of old t-shirts or recycled or recyclable materials, make a flag out ofused material or buy Recycle Montana t-shirts made from recycled materials!

Then what happens?
It’s an honor system- take pictures of yourself and/or team collecting trash and recyclables so we can see the Trash Dash logo. Weigh your trash and recyclables separately, and tag us with the results on Facebook #recyclemontanatrashdash! Use a bathroom scale, use a livestock scale, whatever is easy!

Prizes to winners for:
*The heaviest weight of trash collected.
And…
*The heaviest weight of recyclables collected based on population! You compete for the heaviest weight of recyclables with other Montana towns and cities that are within your population group! FFA students: your chapter can compete against the other statewide chapters for FFA prizes!

population under 500
501-2500
2501-5000
5001-10000
10001-35000
35001-50000
50001 and up

How are winners determined?
Weight of the trash and weight of the recyclables, weighed separately, determine the winners. The heaviest weight of trash anywhere in Montana wins the trash prize. The recyclables prizes are based on the team’s per person average: a team of 10 people that picks up 250# of recyclables is credited with 25# of recyclables per person. A team of 3 people that collects 250# of recyclables is credited with 83.3# of recyclables per person. The 3 person team beats the 10 person team with the heaviest average weight of recyclables collected per team member. Remember to take separate bags for your recyclables and trash!

Are there safety procedures?
Definitely. Wear personal protective equipment where needed and wear rubber reusable gloves. Do not pick up needles or syringes. If you find a Meth site, leave it and call 911 immediately!