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Trash Bash returns to Prince Edward County

Rain held off for 90 people who signed up to clean up Prince Edward County roadsides, parks and and public areas Saturday morning.

It was the first organized Trash Bash in a few years and was resurrected in answer to citizen requests, says organizer Tanya Delaney, the County’s Outdoor Facilities Supervisor.

“We had about 75 people register ahead but others have just joined in today,” said Delaney. “Residents got their voices back and put a push on council. Going forward, we’re going to partner back up with the Quinte Trash Bash – Trenton, Belleville and the County – and do this every year in the spring, usually around Earth Week in April.”

“Groups were scattered throughout almost 30 locations across the County, ranging from Sheba’s Island up to Fish Lake and all the way down to Long Point. It was an incredible showing of community spirit,” said Mayor Robert Quaiff. “From what I understand, some groups even continued to bash trash on Sunday when the weather was a little more agreeable.”

Quaiff noted that over the past year, members of Council have repeatedly heard from neighbours and constituents that they wanted the municipality to run a Trash Bash.

“The dedication of County residents to our community is what makes this such an amazing place to live.”

Participants received a Trash Bash kit including gloves, garbage and recycle bags and instructions.

Anything dangerous, (needles, condoms, flammables) or heavy (furniture, mattresses) was handled by the County.

Everything else was collected and taken to one of six drop off locations where volunteers from the Wellington Lions Club received and deposited into waste and recycle bins.

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Sandra Bowser used her picking tool to snag cigarette butts and fast food packages she was finding along the roadside.

“Mostly I’m finding a lot of cigarette butts and fast food packages,” said Sandy Bowser, who decided to clean up near her home, on County Road 10. “That’s the sad thing that people are still throwing trash out their car windows. But to be fair, some of this stuff probably blew out of recycle bins as well.”

Bowser said she was happy to see the Trash Bash event return and thinks it would be good to do twice a year – in the spring and fall.

“The spring is a really good time because once the snow is gone you see so much garbage. It’s good to get this done.”

Lisa and Kayla Mills started their clean up at the County Barns, then "followed the garbage" along County Road 10 and up the hill to the heights.

Lisa and Kayla Mills started their clean up at the County Barns, then “followed the garbage” along County Road 10 and up the hill to the heights.

Lisa and Kayla Mills started their clean up at the County Barns.

“We decided to start there then just followed the garbage along County Road 10 and now on the hill to the heights,” said Lisa, noting she was happy to have found them each a pick-up tool from the dollar store.

“We’ve been finding cigarette packages, butts, beer cans, a lot of water bottles and fast food containers,” added Kayla. “There’s a lot of recycling.”

“The weirdest thing so far is a wire base for a politcal sign. It’s a good thing we brought the wagon,” added Lisa. “The bag is starting to get heavy now.”

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Wellington Lions Jen and Mac Ross volunteered at the Sandy Hook Road location with organizer Tanya Delaney, the County’s Outdoor Facilities Supervisor.

 

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