Jan 27, 2013

Trash Bash is April 20 and 21; sign up now

GREENVILLE – Do you want to help Darke County look its best? Join the Darke County Solid Waste District in the sixth annual Darke County “Trash Bash” Community Clean-up Day on April 20 and 21. By participating, you help create a good impression on prospective employers, professionals, and others who visit our “clean” county.

According to a 2000 Yankelovich study, almost half of all Americans (48%) admit to having littered in the past 10 years and it shows on many of the roads, parks, neighborhoods and work sites. Where there is litter, people do not feel safe. Everyone deserves to live in a community that is healthy, safe, clean and beautiful, and everyone has a role to play in achieving this goal. Through volunteer efforts, clean-up will be focused on approximately 400 miles of Darke County’s most traveled county and township roads. These roads were chosen with the help of Darke County Engineer James Surber and County Highway Garage Superintendent Shane Coby.

How can you participate? The Darke County Community Clean-Up day is held rain or shine. The collection begins at 8 a.m. The district is looking for numerous groups of 4 to “pound the pavement” at their assigned 2-mile locations picking-up bags of trash and recyclables. Clean-up groups can be started with friends from school, work, church, and volunteer organizations or clubs and there’s no age limit for volunteers. Call the district, 547-0827, to register your clean-up group or to offer in-kind support. Sign-up forms can also be found on the district’s website, www.co.darke.oh.us/solidwaste, click on the recycling events tab. Forms must be turned in by March 15.

Each group will be given black bags for trash and clear bags for recyclables. For separating the recyclables from the trash, each group will be awarded $40 for participating. Awards will be given to Darke County non-profit organizations only. There is no limit to the number of groups that an organization can enter. County highway employees will follow assigned routes and will pick-up bags left on the targeted collection roads on April 22.

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