Trash Bash celebrates 10th year

Collection is Saturday (March 3), celebration to follow at community center

Saturday marks another year of the St. Charles Parish Trash Bash — and a milestone for it, at that.

This year’s litter cleanup and recycling awareness event will be the Bash’s 10th anniversary, held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Traditionally, groups of volunteers spread throughout the parish put their efforts into cleaning up litter hot spots in their community.

Volunteers can choose their own areas to be clean or accept an assigned one, and all equipment is provided including pickup sticks, trash bags and gloves.

St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran said he hopes to see the parish celebrate a full decade of cleanup in style, by making its best effort.

“This year marks the tenth year of our trash bash event and we are aiming for it to have our highest community involvement yet,” said Parish President Larry Cochran. “Trash Bash is an ideal opportunity for different types of volunteer groups to collectively make a difference in our beautiful parish.”

Last year, 315 total volunteers registered for the Trash Bash and banded together to collect 203 bags of litter.

This marked the highest number of participants in three years, with 150 volunteering in 2015 and 306 in 2016.

The event record is 420 registered volunteers, set in 2014. The year also marked the most trash collected, with 7,820 pounds of total trash collected.

Once the cleanup is over, participants will have the opportunity to celebrate their contributions to the parish’s beautification at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center in Luling, where they will be able to enjoy free food, music and face painting.

They’ll also have the chance to learn how to continue their efforts of the day by learning more information about local recycling efforts and wetlands restoration.

The Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council will be on site to collect old electronics and provide recycling information to residents.

In addition, the Harry Hurst Middle School Wetland Watchers have also signed on to display local wildlife and nature exhibits. Awards will be given to teams that provide the most volunteers and collect the most trash, and door prizes will be available.

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