Largest single-day cleanup event partners to Keep Texas Beautiful

Residents can help keep McKinney beautiful during the 10th annual Texas Trash-Off event hosted by the City of McKinney Saturday, April 7. The event coincides with the Don't Mess With Texas Trash-Off, the largest single-day cleanup event in the state.

“Every year this event gets bigger and better. Last year 480 volunteers collected a record 3,280 pounds of litter. We are excited to have reached the 10th anniversary milestone and have a beautiful commemorative keepsakes for all our volunteers who participate this year,” said Martha Cavazos Fipps, Environmental Education & Community Outreach Coordinator.

Residents, civic groups, schools, businesses, homeowner associations and faith-based organizations are invited to pick up litter along roadways and creeks within the city during this community event. Students can earn community service hours, and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can earn patches.

Online registration is now open at www.mckinneytexas.org/texastrashoff. Participants must submit a waiver on the city’s website prior to participating. Teams should register by April 2. Please have a list of names and shirt sizes for members to enter during the online registration process. Shirts sizes are limited; every attempt will be made to provide the size requested, but substitutions may be made.

Team check-in will be from 8–9 a.m. in the amphitheater of Bonnie Wenk Park, 2996 Virginia Pkwy. Shirts, trash bags, gloves, and a detailed map of a specific area to clean will be provided to participating teams. After collecting trash from 9–11:30 a.m., teams will gather at Bonnie Wenk Park for a celebratory hotdog lunch sponsored by Waste Connections. Participants are asked to bring a blanket for the picnic.

The Texas Trash-Off events are a partnership with the Keep Texas Beautiful program and the Texas Department of Transportation. For more information, visit www.mckinneytexas.org/texastrashoff or call the City of McKinney Environmental Education office at 972-547-7335.