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Trash Bash community cleanup set for April 21

Paul Widger, Adam Bondy and Jason Young hurl bags of trash into the dumpster at the Public Works yard on Sandy Hook Road. – File photo

The community is invited to pitch in the give the County a clean, fresh start to the season.

The Quinte area Trash Bash, an annual community cleanup, now in its 18th year, is jointly organized by the Prince Edward County, Belleville, Quinte West and this year, Tyendinaga Township.

“We have beautiful parks and roadsides in Prince Edward County that, unfortunately, are littered with garbage and waste. I am proud that our community members are doing something about it by participating in Quinte Trash Bash,” said Robert Quaiff, Mayor of Prince Edward County. “There was a great response last year when Prince Edward County rejoined Quinte Trash Bash and I encourage even more people and local businesses to get involved this year on Saturday, April 21.”

Last year, more than 1,600 volunteers took part filling nine large dumpsters and 24 recycling carts with materials collected from roadsides, parks and ditches.

With a fourth community now on board, organizers are hoping for a record turnout.

“Trash Bash is a great opportunity for our community to work together to help keep our township beautiful,” said Reeve Rick Phillips, of the Township of Tyendinaga. “I hope that everyone who can will come and join us in this very important event.”

Mayor Jim Harrison of Quinte West agrees.

“The Annual Quinte Trash Bash is a great project and promotes a cleaner environment. We encourage residents and businesses to come out and get involved by putting a team together to pick up litter in our community.”

“After a long winter, I encourage our residents to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather and participate in any manner possible to clean up our beautiful City”, adds Mayor Christopher of Belleville. “A little bit goes a long way and we appreciate the efforts of everyone who participates.”

How to Take Part:
Decide where you want to pick up litter and either register online at quintetrashbash.ca or with your representative listed below. Supply stations and litter drop-off locations are listed for each community on quintetrashbash.ca.

On April 21, clean up your chosen site and drop off trash at designated Trash Bash drop-off locations. Residents can also pick up supplies before the event at their town hall. Supplies, including garbage bags, recycling bags and gloves, were donated by Acklands Grainger, Rona Trenton and Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.

From April 16-20, workplaces, service groups and non-profits can compete in the ‘group challenge’ and be recognized for community spirit. For schools wanting to get in on the fun, the ‘school challenge’ is being hosted again this year and high school students can use Trash Bash for community volunteer hours. Visit quintetrashbash.ca to register your team.

Representatives:

Quinte West
Jeff Shortt, C.E.T. Engineering Technician
Phone: 613-392-2841 ext. 4484
Email: jeffs@quintewest.ca

City of Belleville
Taylor Dall, Green Programs Coordinator/Public Education Officer
Phone: 613-967-3200 ext. 3219
Email: tdall@city.belleville.on.ca

Township of Tyendinaga
Raeanne McGuinness, Recreation Programmer
Phone: 613-396-1944
Email: recreation@tyendinagatownship.com

Prince Edward County
Tanya Delaney, Outdoor Facilities Supervisor
Phone: 613-476-2148 ext. 4004
tdelaney@pecounty.on.ca

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