Trash Bash 2019
- Date: 04/27/2019 7:00 AM - 6:59 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2019
Now in its second year, Trash Bash calls for an all-hands-on-deck approach to picking up litter in and around our neighborhoods and communities. Last year, scout troops, local sports teams, homeowners’ associations, and businesses were among the many groups who participated.
Trash Bash reinforces the proper disposal of trash and encourages the use of alternatives to plastic and other non-recyclables. The County has embarked on a month-long Go Green in 2019 campaign to educate and encourage citizens to reduce the amount of trash they produce, and reuse or recycle whenever possible.
“Throughout the entire month of April, we have been posting daily tips on our website and social media accounts to educate the public on simple ways to reduce, reuse or recycle in their everyday lives,” explained Jennifer Lyall, public information officer for the County and Trash Bash campaign organizer.
“None of the tips are difficult to incorporate into our daily routines. Simple changes like re-purposing clothes or glass containers or starting a compost bin or even cleaning up after our pets – it all helps preserve and protect our environment.”
During the last week of April, the campaign will offer “did you know” segments on Cecil County’s Green Infrastructure Plan. Green infrastructure is Cecil County’s natural life support system, an interconnected network of forests, wetlands, waterways, and floodplains, which includes parks and other conservation lands, such as farms.
Green infrastructure focuses on more natural solutions to reduce stormwater runoff, flood damage, and heat. In the long term, identifying and protecting a green infrastructure network can reduce impacts to water quality and flooding and help prevent future damage.
If you are unable to participate in Trash Bash on Saturday, April 27th, choosing a time that works best for you is always an option.
“Trash Bash is never just about picking up litter one day out of the year. It’s a “go green” mindset,” explained Lyall. “If you can’t get outside to pick up trash around your home or business, do something else that will positively affect the environment: use dish towels instead of paper towels or an old t-shirt as a dust rag or properly dispose of expired medication at a drop-off facility. Every little change we make adds up and that’s what ultimately makes the difference.”
The Cecil County Health Department will work with the Cecil County Sheriff's Office and local law enforcement agencies to again offer National Drug Take Back Day also on Saturday, April 27th, where residents can drop off expired or unused drugs at various locations for safe disposal.
Perhaps the biggest and best way to remove harmful waste products from around your home is Cecil County Central Landfill’s Household Hazardous Waste Day scheduled for Sunday, April 28th from 7:30 AM to 3 PM. 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.
For a complete list of items that will be accepted, check out Household Hazardous Waste Day Again, please remember that everyday household waste cannot be brought to the landfill on April 28th.
Roads Division continues to promote their year-round Adopt-A-Roadway 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-Roadway sign pursuant to the conditions on the contract. For more information, you may contact Roads at 410-996-6270.
“There’s no doubt about it -- Cecil County is simply beautiful,” said County Executive Alan McCarthy. “Of course, we want our visitors to recognize all of the natural beauty that our county has to offer, but for those of us who live here every day, it’s about taking pride and appreciating where we live. We all have to do our part to stop littering and inspire others to reduce waste and encourage a healthy environment. Our future generations will thank us.”
The safety of our citizens is always the first priority. When participating in Trash Bash 2019, or any clean-up efforts, please remember:
• 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 nearby.
• 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.
Show us how you Trash Bash! Please send photos of your family, friends and organizations as they participate in Trash Bash and reduce, reuse, recycle efforts, to be included in a post-event wrap-up video, to: email@example.com or post them on the County’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CecilCoGov.
"We've already received so many photos of families and kids who have jumped in and collected so much trash and debris this month," added Lyall. "It's great to see that folks are taking pride in Cecil County and teaching their kids that it's easier to not litter, than to spend an entire day picking up after people who just don't care."
Public Information Officer
Cecil County Government