Volunteers gearing up to beautify the parish for Trash Bash on Saturday

An estimated 200 volunteers are expected to mobilize Saturday as part of St. Charles Parish’s eighth annual spring Trash Bash to beautify the area.

“We are encouraging people to help out in any way possible,” said Duane Foret, director of the parish’s Department of Parks and Recreation. “This is an effort to continuously improve our parish and keep it beautiful for the people who live in it and for the people who visit it.”

Trash Bash will be held from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway in Luling.

Immediately following the clean up, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be the “after party with a purpose” with hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, jambalaya, smoked sausage, dessert, drinks and more.

The Wetland Watchers of Destrehan’s Harry Hurst Middle School will host their popular live animal and educational displays, as well as games and giveaways for the kids. Oldies but Goodies will provide musical entertainment.

Awards will be given to the groups providing the most volunteers and picking up the largest amount of trash.Groups will register and report amounts of litter collected and streets covered at laptop stations, and the data will be input into a database.

Teams will report on their trash-bashing progress using a new digital database reporting system at the celebration on their mobile devices or laptops, allowing for day-of statistical reporting.

All work equipment will be provided, including pick up sticks, trash bags, drinks and T-shirts. Participants from last year’s Trash Bash are asked to wear their T-shirts and those new to the event will receive one in the standard neon safety green color.

Verification certificates are also available for young people needing service hours for school or church requirements. Volunteers may clean or beautify an area of their own choosing or be assigned an area.

Event sponsors include the St. Charles Parish Department of Parks and Recreation, ES&H, Raising Canes in Laplace, Valero, Arkema Inc., Source Production & Equipment Co. (SPEC), Oldies but Goodies and the Harry Hurst Wetland Watchers.

For information on sponsoring Trash Bash, call (985) 783-5182.

To sign up for Trash Bash, visit www.scptrashbash.org or call (985) 331-8604.


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