2018 Great Hutto Cleanup
Keep Hutto Beautiful Foundation hosted the 2018 Great Hutto Cleanup on Saturday, April 7th as part of the annual Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off and Great American Cleanup. Despite the 40-degree weather that day, the event had a turnout of 431 volunteers which is an 88% increase from 2017. The annual event has now become the largest community-wide day of service in Hutto, Texas.
Under the umbrella of the Keep Hutto Beautiful Foundation, Great Hutto Cleanup offered a free Junk Round Up for all citizens within the Hutto ISD boundary. The event also featured a litter cleanup through Hutto’s public areas and hosted the Golden Hippo Traveling Trophy contest between the neighborhoods. The venue of this year’s Great Hutto Cleanup was changed to the Hutto High School Visitors Parking Lot and Stadium thanks to increased partnership between Keep Hutto Beautiful and Hutto ISD. Culinary students from Hutto’s own Texas State Technical College branch were on hand the morning of the event to cook breakfast for the volunteers.
Six neighborhoods participated in cleaning up their individual communities the day of the event as part of the Golden Hippo Traveling Trophy contest. The Golden Hippo is awarded to the neighborhood which has the most volunteers participate in the cleanup, and the 750-pound, concrete hippo trophy is displayed at the winning neighborhood entrance for one year. The winner of the 2018 Golden Hippo Traveling Trophy is Glenwood Neighborhood.
The focus of the Great Hutto Cleanup is to clean the Hutto community and to provide a free outlet for citizens to dispose of unwanted items. Collection highlights for this year’s event include:
1,400 pounds of documents were shredded onsite by Balcones Shred.
1,398 pounds of electronics collected and recycled by Goodwill Central Texas.
1,520 pounds of brush collected and mulched by Waste Management.
16 ft truck of donations collected for the Habitat For Humanity Restore.
216 books collected and recycled by The Wandering Stories Book Trailer.
9 barrels of BOPA (Battery, Oil, Paint, Anti-freeze) materials collected and properly disposed of.
23 truck tires and 94 car tires collected for safe disposal by Al Clawson Disposal Inc.
1,660 pounds of trash picked up from Hutto neighborhoods, parks, and roadways.
6.92 tons of solid waste collected.
The Great Hutto Cleanup could not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and raffle donors. Special thanks to Hutto ISD, Al Clawson Disposal Inc., City of Hutto, Waste Management, Hutto Lions Club, La Copa Ventures, Tex-Mix Concrete, TSTC, Hutto Rotary Club, Hutto Feed & Landscape, Hutto YMCA, SaberWing Imaging, Fingerprint Ideas, Lowes, Camp Bow Wow, Hippo Realty, Kanga Roof, Advanced Dental of Hutto, Baylor Scott and White, Line X of Round Rock, Gardner Chiropractic Family & Wellness Center, The Wandering Stories, Hutto Area Chamber of Commerce, Baked N Sconed, Keep Texas Beautiful, Insperity, One Eleven East, Ted Heaton State Farm, Camp Gladiator, Typhoon Texas, Spare Time Texas, Home Depot, Focus Vision & Eye Care, Papa John's, The Bar Bodywork, Cost Cutters, Natural Pawz, Hutto Cleaning Ladies, Creative Touch, Little Caesars, Fantastic Sam’s Hutto, and Pizza Hut.
The Don't Mess With Texas Trash-Off, hosted by Keep Texas Beautiful and Texas Department of Transportation, serves as Texas’ signature event for the Great American Cleanup and is the single largest one-day cleanup event in the state. Keep America Beautiful’ s Great American Cleanup is part of a nationwide effort that takes place in more than 20,000 communities year-round.
History of Hutto's Annual Trash Off
The first official Don't Mess With Texas Trash Off was held in Hutto, Texas in 2006. The event was overseen by the City of Hutto Parks and Recreation Department.
Up through 2014, the Annual Trash Off and the Annual Junk Round Up were held as separate events -- both organized by the City of Hutto Parks and Recreation Department and the Keep Hutto Beautiful Commission.
Thanks to the Hutto Chamber of Commerce Leadership Hutto Class of 2014, the two annual events were combined into one day of cleanup and beautification. The event was known as Hutto's Big Event from 2015-2017.
Just as the Hutto Community is growing, this annual event has grown as well! The Keep Hutto Beautiful Foundation officially took over the organization and administration duties in July 2017. With more people moving to the area and more people volunteering each year, they and the Planning Committee felt a name change would help the people in Hutto understand what the annual trash off and junk round up is all about. The community became part of the process with a RENAME THE EVENT contest! 36 submissions later, the Planning Committee determined that the new name of the annual event would be GREAT HUTTO CLEANUP!