Trash Bash 2018
- Date: 04/22/2018 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
- Introduction: Gather your friends, family and neighbors...walk outside your front door, around your neighborhood or church, and participate in a county-wide clean up day! 15 minutes...30 minutes...you decide the time and the location! See trash? Pick it up and help keep Cecil County beautiful! Be Safe!
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Don't forget to send pics of you and your family participating in Trash Bash to pio @ccgov.org
In an effort to maintain the beauty of where we live, work and play, and do our part to minimize pollution, Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy and Council President Joyce Bowlsbey invite the community to participate in a county-wide TRASH BASH 2018 on April 22nd - to coincide with Earth Day, the worldwide celebration designated to preserve and protect the environment.
We would like to encourage local businesses, neighborhoods, and organizations to join in on picking up and properly disposing of trash in and around Cecil County. This event is really about cleaning up our yards and surrounding sub-divisions. We would like families and friends to work together to simply take a few minutes out of their day to improve their immediate surroundings.
TRASH BASH 2018 not only reinforces the need to properly dispose of trash, but encourages the use of alternatives to plastic, including items like paper bags, reusable grocery bags, glass or metal containers and more. Roughly 8 million metric tons of plastic ends up in our oceans every year -- every little bit of a reduction in use is helpful.
"I would like to see Cecil County make a drastic change by eliminating, or even reducing, the use of plastic bags," expressed County Executive Alan McCarthy. "Plastic bags are not only an eyesore in our community but they are a devastating environmental hazard. I urge everyone to opt for paper bags or reusable carriers for their purchases if possible."
This year's Trash Bash isn't the only "green Cecil" event that's going on in the county. Our Roads Division promotes the year-round Adopt-A-Road program where organizations can register and sign a contract to pick up trash on their designated road four (4) times per year. The Roads Division provides safety vests and warning signs and will also install an Adopt-A-Road sign pursuant to the conditions on the contract. For more information, you may contact Roads at 410-996-6270 or online at: http://www.ccgov.org/home/showdocument?id=18986.
The Cecil County Solid Waste Management Division will be open on Sunday, April 22nd from 7:30 AM to 3 PM for Household Hazardous Waste Day. While regular household waste, including any items that may be collected during Trash Bash, will NOT be accepted during this annual event, you can bring items such as oil based stains, gasoline, pool chemicals, vegetable oil, and antifreeze to the Central Landfill, located at 758 E. Old Philadelphia Road in Elkton. A complete list of items that will be accepted during Household Hazardous Waste Day can be found online at: http://www.ccgov.org/home/showdocument?id=24264. Again, please remember that everyday household waste cannot be brought to the landfill on April 22nd.
Cecil Transit will hold a Free Ride Day on Monday, April 23rd which encourages the community to reduce the use of gas and cut back on harmful emissions by opting to ride public transit buses free of charge for the entire day. More details concerning Cecil Transit's Free Ride Day can be found on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CecilTransit/.
The Cecil County Health Department (CCHD) will work with the Cecil County Sheriff's Office and local law enforcement agencies to again offer National Drug Take Back Day on Sunday, April 29th, where residents can drop off expired or unused drugs at various locations for safe disposal. CCHD will provide information on drop-off locations in the coming weeks.
The safety of our citizens is always the first priority. When participating in TRASH BASH 2018, or any clean-up day, please remember the following:
• Do not pick up any hazardous or questionable materials, including hypodermic needles. Contact your local law enforcement agency immediately for assistance.
• Keep a first aid kit on hand.
• Supervise children at all times.
• Stay away from busy roads.
• Wear gloves and brightly colored clothes.
• Only plan to participate during day time hours.
• When finished, place your collected debris and garbage bags in your household receptacles for proper disposal.
"Cleaning up in Cecil County and protecting our environment is something that we should all be interested in so that our children and their children and many generations going forward can continue to enjoy this beautiful area," said McCarthy. "I hope you will join me by participating in TRASH BASH 2018 on Sunday, April 22nd."
For more information, contact:
Public Information Officer