Third annual Community Trash-Off for Orange County

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It’s Trash-Off time once again! The 23rd annual Community Trash-Off is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City of Orange Boat Ramp on Simmons Drive in Orange. This year’s Community Trash-Off is again presented by Invista and hosted by Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in collaboration with the city of Orange.

Orange County residents are encouraged to take pride in the community and help clean up trash from area neighborhoods and waterways. Participating teams and individuals will enjoy a free pizza lunch after the event. To register a team or individual, visit to download registration and waiver forms. Teams are limited to three to five members, but groups are encouraged to register several teams. For more information, contact Jeremy Whipple at jwhipple [at] shangrilagardens [dot] org or at 409.670.0803.

Shangri La Gardens Education and Volunteer Coordinator Katie Krantz shared her excitement for the event, stating, “Trash-Off is the perfect opportunity for individuals of this community to come together and work towards the common goal of making Orange a cleaner place to live and work. Trash-Off is mix of hard work, fun times and great fellowship. This is a great way to support your community with service”.

Additionally, Shangri La Gardens Director Rick Lewandowski encourages community-wide participation, saying, ”As we continue the recovery from Hurricane Harvey, we encourage all of our neighbors to take a few hours to join us for Trash-Off and showcase the pride and resilience we have as a community. Furthermore, we are deeply grateful to Invista for supporting the 23rd annual Trash-Off again this year as Presenting Sponsor along with Mayor Jimmy Sims, the wonderful city of Orange staff, and all of those who contribute to this important effort.”

Shangri La, located at 2111 W. Park Avenue in Orange, is currently closed to the public during repair and restoration following Hurricane Harvey. For more information, visit 

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