In 2009 there was a growing awareness among concerned boaters and the local Lake Havasu marine industry that the battle of clean beaches and a clean lake was being lost.  In order to reverse that trend, the Lake Havasu Marine Association decided to institute a complimentary “trash bag” program for the convenience of boaters.

The plan was simple, install trash bag posts on popular beaches around the lake and fill them with rolls of plastic trash bags.  LHMA volunteers got the program started by digging and installing the initial ten bag posts at key beaches.  Since then, 68 trash bag posts are currently in operation around the lake. A team of dedicated LHMA volunteers make regular visits to keep all posts well stocked for boaters and remove residual trash left behind.  On average, over 100,000 trash bags are used annually (a total of 1,220,650 bags have been purchased since the start of the program).  Boaters are encouraged to “pack it in, and pack it out.” If there is a company, business or individual that would like to sponsor a trash bag post location, we have five available for immediate adoption.

Generously, Romer Beverage and the Chemehuevi Tribe stepped up as financial sponsors to get the program started. Since then, bags are printed with as many as eight supporting business logos to help defray the cost of the bags. For 2017, bag sponsors include:  The Chemehuevi Tribe, Romer Beverage, Frontier Communications, Bureau of Land Management, Arizona State Parks, College Street Brewery, Arizona Flexible Packaging (our bag manufacturer) and Campbell Cove One-Stop.  Previous sponsor businesses have included:  the City of Lake Havasu, Pirate Cove Resort, Topock 66 Resort and Marina, and Pirates Den Resort (Parker).

If you have a trash bag post at your business and the supply of bags is running low, please contact Marie “the bag lady” Johnson at and she will expedite your order.