Total Partners with Trash Bash®, making Texas’ Galveston Bay Watershed Cleaner and Safer

For nearly 20 years, Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc. has been working to clean up and restore the Galveston Bay Watershed through its partnership with Rivers, Lakes, Bays ‘n Bayous Trash Bash®, the largest single day event to clean up Texas’ shorelines and waterways .  As a long time community partner in the Gulf Coast, Total believes in the importance of environmental responsibility and finding meaningful ways to preserve the habitat for generations to come.

The Houston-Galveston area Council and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality founded Trash Bash® in 1994.  Total joined the effort in 1998 and has since become an annual Platinum level sponsor, contributing financial support and record numbers of volunteers to help the effort.

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    Total volunteers and their families participate in the annual Trash Bash event

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    Cleaning up historic San Jacinto State Park

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    Involving our children is a great way to teach them about the importance of volunteering.

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    Cleaning up historic San Jacinto State Park

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    Cleaning up historic San Jacinto State Park

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    Involving our children is a great way to teach them about the importance of environmental stewardship.

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Clean It Like You Mean It

Once a year thousands of volunteers gather along the Texas waterways to do their part in cleaning up the environment and participate in the statewide event to educate the public about the importance of our water resources.

Rain or shine, volunteers from Total don boots, gloves, and garbage bags and make their way to the banks of local rivers and streams. Some use small boats and kayaks to traverse lakes and bayous determined to complete their goal of leaving them safer, cleaner, and more accessible. 

Rounding out the day of service is a lunch and a friendly competition to decide who picked up the most interesting piece of trash.  Total employees have unearthed many discarded “treasures” ranging from dolls and snakeskin to road barrels and sailing ropes.

“What inspires me most is that our employees are leading by example.  They bring their children to participate and we all work side by side.  What a great way to teach them about the importance of community service and environmental responsibility!” – Mark Douglass, Plant Manager of Total’s La Porte Plant

Ambassadors for Environmental Stewardship

"People don’t realize the connection between their storm drain and the waterways.  We’re trying to make the connection for people in the city that if they throw something down [on the ground] and it rains, it’s going to end up in our waterways. Our goal is zero trash so we’re getting there; we’re getting the message out.”  - Lori Traweek, President of the Texas Conservation Fund.

The Texas Conservation Fund has been gathering statistics about the impact that Trash Bash has had on the Houston area. In 1994, its first year, 4500 volunteers collected 150 Tons (300,000 pounds) of trash and more than 1000 tires at just five waterways around the area. 

In 2016, with 15 sites covering 177 miles of shoreline, volunteers collected 54 tons of trash, 1.4 tons of recyclable materials, and 518 tires.  Even with three times the number of sites, the amount of trash collected has been reduced by half. 

“The significant reduction in litter means that Houston waterways are getting cleaner and our efforts are making a real impact. Everyone in our community needs to do their part to be a good steward of the environment,” - Brad Klussmann, Plant Manager of Total’s Bayport Plant.

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