September 14th to September 21st 2024 

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 17th to September 24th. 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 at 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 ASAP on below, we need time to mail your iron-on logos. Enter the Trash Dash in teams. The bigger the team the better. No limit to team size! 

NOTE: If you are a recycling or waste management organization/business, only weights from trash and recyclables picked up outside of regular collection by volunteers will be accepted.

What do I get for entering?
The team will be mailed iron-on transfers with our Trash Dash logo. The team gets a chance at winning cash prizes, bragging rights and recognition in your local paper and on Recycle Montana’s FB pages and on the website, and the satisfaction of making your part of Montana a cleaner place!

Are there safety procedures?
Wear PPE where needed and rubber reusable gloves. Contact us if you need PPE. Do not pick up needles or syringes. If you find something hazardous, leave it and call 911 immediately!

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 logos. Weigh your trash and recyclables separately and send us the results on Facebook or by email! Use a bathroom scale, use a livestock scale, use a drive on scale; whatever is easy! We will award Cash to winners and placers in each category of:

  • *The heaviest weight of trash collected
  • *The heaviest weight of recyclables collected
  • *Most creative photo with the Trash Dash logo ironed on something
  • *Most unusual garbage or recyclable

VIEW 2022 and 2023 WINNERS >>