The Mint 400, taking place March 3rd to the 8th, will be here before we know it, but there is a way for racers, teams, and spectators to give back before the Great American Off-Road Race kicks off. The Mint 400, in partnership with Republic Services, has announced an industry-wide desert clean-up event Saturday, February 29th in Jean, Nevada beginning at 10:00 am.
This is a great way for people who love off-roading can give back to the community and clean up an area where off-roading history has happened. Not to mention high schoolers needing community service hours to graduate, participating in an event like this is a fun easy way to achieve the requirement.
The goal of the event is to unite the off-road community and clean up waste dumped illegally in the Jean area as well as promote sustainable habits and responsible public land use to improve Southern Nevada’s pristine desert landscape. The Mint 400 Desert Clean-Up event is presented by Republic Services, held in cooperation with the Southern Nevada BLM office.
In 2017, Republic Services partnered with The Mint 400 for their inaugural “Dash For Trash” event. Volunteers removed 14.54 tons of waste from the Nevada desert in the Jean area, but the team identified more work to be done. The Mint 400 and Republic Services nearly doubled that number in 2018, clearing 22.06 tons (44,120 pounds) of trash from our beautiful desert. Last year, the event had over 350 volunteers who removed 34.46 tons (68,920 pounds) of trash.
The Jean OHV area incorporates land that is not only used for The Mint 400 racecourse, but also for numerous races throughout the year spanning multiple off-road organizations. Organizers are hoping that this event continues to grow in size and that they have at least 500 people show up to give back to the community.
The clean up isn’t just about the hard work put in to clean up the desert. Every participant at the clean up will get a t-shirt and automatically entered into a huge industry raffle that will include thousands of dollars in donated off-road parts, accessories and swag from industry-leading companies. Additional raffle tickets will be for sale onsite and all proceeds will go towards the cleanup costs.
To participate in the 2020 Mint 400 Desert Clean-Up be sure to pre-register on the Mint 400 website so the organizers can account for supplies.
What: The 2020 Mint 400 Desert Clean-Up presented by Republic Services
Who: Volunteers from the Off-Road Community & Local Las Vegas Residents
When: Saturday, February 29th at 10:00 am
Where: Jean, Nevada. Event staging area located in Jean, Nevada, half-mile down on the south side of Southern Nevada Liteweight Road (Mint 400 Spectator Area 2 in the rock quarry).