Litter crews are set to deploy across St. Charles Parish Saturday, as the parish hosts its 13th annual Trash Bash event.
Each year the Trash Bash is planned to promote the removal of litter from parish streets. Saturday’s event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“It is important to keep our parish clean and free of litter and debris for both our quality of life and to protect the environment,” St. Chares Parish President Matthew Jewell said. “Not only does litter make a bad impression for residents, but it does for businesses as well. We hope that residents gather safely as household groups to show pride in our community and keep St. Charles Parish a clean place to live.”
All are strongly encouraged to sign up ahead of time as individuals or groups at www.stcharlesparish-la.gov/trashbash or by calling 985-331-8604. The deadline to register for Trash Bash is March 3.
Parish officials said that small family groups who live in the same household are encouraged to participate as one group to keep volunteers safe and socially distanced while participating in the clean-up effort. All volunteers will be provided with pickup sticks, gloves and trash bags.
After completing the litter removal, Trash Bash participants will drop off their equipment at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, where they will be provided with lunch to-go.
United Way of St. Charles, an event sponsor, will offer prizes for the groups that collect the most trash. All Trash Bash participants will be entered to win an iPad and an Apple Watch courtesy of Entergy. The drawing for the raffle prizes will take place at the parish council meeting on March 15.
Trash Bash 2021 follows another parish clean-up effort earlier this month, where Jewell and Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng teamed up to clean up litter along Hwy 90, a highly-traveled corridor between the parishes. Staff from each parish, council members, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office all worked to remove trash from the area.
“Keeping our parish clean and free of litter is important to our environment as well as our economy and drainage infrastructure,” Jewell said. “The appearance of our parish will leave a lasting impression on all those who live, work and play in St. Charles Parish.”
Jewell noted that litter negatively affects the environment and can prevent water from properly draining if it enters drainage conveyance systems, which can then lead to flooding issues.