As a proud Texas-born company, we've never shied away from the importance of giving back, especially when it comes to our home state. For the past several years we've happily donated to many local organizations including Pasadena ISD, IFMA Houston and the Galveston Bay Foundation. But there is one special group that is near and dear to our hearts.
This weekend, thousands will come together to help clean Texas waterways in the largest single-day waterway cleanup in the state, called Trash Bash. Our CEO's wife, Lori Traweek is President of the Texas Conservation Fund who hosts the event. Celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, Trash Bash has also been awarded the prestigious Texas Environmental Excellence Award for their efforts in the Civic Community category.
We are honored to be a continued sponsor such a special event. Our team was shocked to learn that over 9 tons of waste ends up in our oceans and waterways each year. Trash Bash is doing their part to help minimize the amount left in Texas, thanks to their wonderful group of volunteers.
The event's main goal is to one day achieve zero trash. When the event first started back in the early 90s, 4500 volunteers gathered at five sites where they collected over 150 tons of garbage. Fast forward to last year, where the same number of volunteers visited 14 sites, but only needed to collect 30 tons of trash. What appears to be happening is people are actually littering less and less, as this trend has continued each year over the course of the event. Between awareness and public education, Texas waterways are becoming cleaner every year. Trash Bash is elated to see this kind of progress, and it truly is an example of what an impact consistency and passion can have.
To learn more about how you can get involved visit www.trashbash.org. If you would like to volunteer at this year's event, please visit Trash Bash's volunteer registration page. We hope to see you out there!