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Bidwell Park & Chico Creeks Cleanup

The Results are in for the 33rd Annual Bidwell Park & Chico Creeks Cleanup

held on Sept. 26th & 27th

The results are in and we are incredibly grateful to all who contributed to this massive effort to keep our parks and waterways clean. Together, we were able to remove a total of 43,403 lbs (21.48 TONS) of harmful material from our environment. This two-day cleanup event goes down as the largest cleanup in BEC history and the City of Chico. In addition to the amazing 584 volunteers who made this impact over two days, our community supporters and local business sponsors helped Butte Environmental Council raise $15,650 to sustain our community based environmental work in a very challenging year. Thank you to all who donated and supported!! We are encouraged to continue working towards sound solutions to this environmental issue, and as always, will be here to serve as a platform for positive community engagement to protect and defend the land, air, and water of Butte County. BEC turns 45 this year! To learn how you can support us to continue the work we are passionate about, visit

Each year, Butte Environmental Council teams up with the City of Chico, Butte County and the Great Sierra River Cleanup to organize over 500 community volunteers to remove TONS of trash, recyclables, and hazardous waste from our creeks and beloved Bidwell Park. This legacy BEC event, in its 33rd year, provides the opportunity for our community to work together towards a common goal; protecting our shared natural spaces and waterways. Without regular removal of man-made waste and debris, the water quality of local creeks, channels and streams would be greatly impacted. Local flora and fauna depend on riparian habitats for survival and lack of care for these corridors negatively affect their ability to thrive.
We have a problem: The United States creates 3 times the global average of waste regardless of representing only 4% of the global population. This 2019 Greenpeace Report states, "Retailers are massive contributors to plastic pollution and will play a pivotal role in either exacerbating or solving the global plastic pollution crisis. Retailers are gatekeepers of which products appear on shelves or online, and can determine which national brand products to buy. This is a critical element in reducing waste further up the supply chain, especially among consumer goods companies."
Coming together in large numbers to participate in this level of community service increases the personal connection and relationship to our natural spaces it takes to make the change we want to see happen.
Curious about how much waste BEC has actually removed in 32 years? 

CLICK HERE to see our totals report.