Bashing Trash Since 2000!
Every year, residents of the Quinte area look forward to the annual Trash Bash. It has so many incredibly huge benefits to our communities.
Trash Bash has very important aspects:
- It cleans up the roadsides, ditches, parks and lawns after the winter snow has all melted.
- We come together as a large group of communities to clean up the Quinte area.
- Volunteering feels good!
- We get some much-needed fresh air and exercise after coming out of winter hibernation.
- We are showing our planet some mad respect!
So, when the trash bash too has been trashed due to unforeseen circumstances, we are missing out on so many wonderful opportunities to help our community to stay clean and well.
We get it! We want to see the roadsides cleaned up too. That’s why we have compiled a list of ways you can bash trash safely in your community!
But first, you will need:
- Disposable gloves
- Garbage bags
- Small clear garbage bags for recycling
- Contact your municipality first. See what resources, if any, are available to you.
- Stick to your local area, street or block to pick up trash.
- Wear protective gloves (and dispose of properly when done).
- If gloves aren’t available, consider purchasing a garbage grabber. Just make sure you plan in advance so you can order online and have it delivered to your home.
- Do it little by little. Municipalities are not offering trash bash garbage collection at this time. So don’t overwhelm yourself with mountains of garbage to dispose of.
- Use it as a learning tool for those kids you’re homeschooling. A lesson in environmental sustainability is good for everyone’s soul.
- Only plastic bottles and metal/aluminum cans are considered recyclable during a trash bash event, so keep that in mind while collecting trash.
- Do not collect trash where other people are also collecting trash. Always practice self-distancing.
- Never touch any debris or garbage with your hands. If you end up touching something, wash or disinfect your hands immediately.
- Once you’re all done, dispose of the garbage and/or recycling properly and responsibly, using your own garbage bins at home.
- And be very mindful of dangerous objects such as broken glass or needles/sharps. And use caution around any shorelines.
- Make sure you take some photos while up picking up trash and upload them to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Be sure to tag @trashbashquinte in all your posts or use the hashtag #trashbashquinte. We want to see your hard work.
- Keep supplies handy. Every time you go out for a walk, take a different route and bring some supplies to pick up anything you see laying around.
- Recycle City offers some fun crafts and games. Be sure to use your own recyclable materials for their suggestions.
- If you are unable to collect trash, thank those you see doing it! Some residents have already been out picking up garbage and disposing of it their own garbage bins. We can’t thank those of you enough who are continuing to do your part to clean up our communities!
For The Kids
Read to your kids about planet Earth. Some books we recommend are:
- Colonel Trash Truck by Kathleen Crawley. Ages 4-8. The colonel is on a mission to protect the beauty of the earth by cleaning up litter — and convincing others to do the same.
- Here Comes the Garbage Barge by Jonah Winter. Ages 4-10. This hilarious story is one of our featured titles during the 2016 Big-Hearted Families™ Book Club. Combined with our kindness activity, it is sure to inspire your whole family to be mindful of your environmental impact.
- Where Does the Garbage Go? Paul Showers. Ages 4-8. Showers describes what happens to garbage and recycling once it’s disposed of.
For now, our annual Trash Bash event is postponed, but we hope you can use the information in this blog post to help you create a trash bash for yourself. If you have any questions, be sure to reach out to your municipal Trash Bash representative.
Thank you to everyone who has and will take the time to BASH SOME TRASH!!