KIBCU gives trash trailer a new look

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STEVENSVILLE — The old trash trailer at Ter­rapin Park is sport­ing a fresh, new look, the Kent Is­land Beach Cleanups logo and ar­tis­ti­cally ex­pressed en­vi­ron­men­tal mes­sages af­ter a paint­ing party July 16.

KIBCU floun­der Kristin Weed said she had been want­ing to or­ga­nize some sort of stu­dent project for sev­eral years. She said talked with Parks Di­rec­tor Chip Price about re­fur­bish­ing the trash cans at the park, but he said he was work­ing to re­place the park cans coun­ty­wide, so they de­cided the trailer would make a good project.

Now an of­fi­cial 501(c)3 non­profit, KIBCU ap­plied for and re­ceived a $1,000 grant from The Brick Com­pa­nies in Edge­wa­ter — the same com­pany that owns Queen­stown Har­bor Golf — for the project.

“They have a grant pro­gram called ‘Good Works’ that fo­cuses on so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal lead­er­ship,” Weed said.

She said she searched high and low for an artist. She wanted this per­son to be lo­cal, hav­ing some at­tach­ment to our lo­cal way of life and the love of the Bay. She also wanted an artist who was hip, young and had an artistry that would ap­peal to the younger crowds that fre­quently visit Ter­rapin Beach.

“We worked on this event for about eight months and fi­nally came upon Bryan Turner, sim­ply from so­lic­it­ing on Face­book. Bryan is a lo­cal from Ch­ester and has worked for Marvel Comics, Lego, Warner Bros., STARZ and more. He was a God­send to us, and we are very lucky to have found him.,” Weed said. “As soon as I first spoke with him, I knew he was ex­actly what I was look­ing for.”

They dis­cussed her vi­sion for the trailer, the spe­cific mes­sages she wanted to por­tray, and Turner came up with the fi­nal de­sign.

“Our main mes­sag­ing on the trailer fo­cuses on our so­ci­ety’s overuse of plas­tics and what it is do­ing to our en­vi­ron­ment. We want to share with the com­mu­nity that we waste tons and tons of plastic in var­i­ous forms each year,” Weed said. “Tur­tles, very pop­u­lar in Mary­land and in and around the Bay, eat jel­ly­fish as their main source of food. They all too of­ten mis­take plastic bags as jel­ly­fish and die.”

In fact, plastic bags are one of the top 10 items the group col­lects at ev­ery sin­gle cleanup.

One side of the trailer is ded­i­cated to the tur­tle story, and the other side shows a plastic bot­tle with a back­ground of the Bay Bridge, a blue crab and the three R’s sym­bol (Re­duce, Reuse and Re­cy­cle). One end of the trailer has the KIBCU logo and web­site, and the other is ded­i­cated to the Mary­land Flag.

“We wanted to wrap our im­por­tant mes­sag­ing in with a lit­tle lo­cal flair ... in hopes peo­ple will see the trailer, change their habits, think twice be­fore throw­ing that piece of trash on the ground or leav­ing it on the beach, and then check out our web­site when they get home. Pic­tures speak a thou­sand words and we think this trailer will be­come a a sta­ple of Ter­rapin Beach,” Weed said. “Many peo­ple pass­ing by were al­ready ac­knowl­edg­ing it and com­ment­ing on it. You could over­hear fam­i­lies dis­cussing trash is­sues, kids com­ment­ing on the tur­tle story and more. It was mu­sic to my ears and ex­actly what I wanted.”

Ter­rapin is where KIBCU started. The group is cel­e­brat­ing its fifth year clean­ing beaches on Kent Is­land.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the paint­ing party were Weed, her hus­band Jon, who is vice pres­i­dent of the KIBCU board, an­other artist, Kath­leen Simp­son, who is a per­sonal friend, Turner, his two old­est chil­dren and sev­eral of their friends.

“It was the per­fect amount of peo­ple, and we were able to com­plete the en­tire project in 4.5 hours.” Weed said.

She gave awards to the teens who helped.

Weed said she and Turner hope to col­lab­o­rate on fu­ture projects. Cleanups re­main­ing in 2016: Aug. 6 — Ter­rapin Beach Aug. 27 — Kent Nar­rows Sept. 17 — Coun­ty­wide lo­ca­tions as part of the Ocean Con­ser­vancy’s In­ter­na­tional Coastal Cleanup

Oct. 8 — Hem­ming­way’s Beach

Oct. 29 — Ter­rapin Beach

PHO­TOS BY DOUG BISHOP

Kent Is­land Beach Cleanups vol­un­teers Kath­leen Simp­son, left, and Jon Weed are among the par­tic­i­pants Satur­day morn­ing, July 16, at Ter­rapin Beach in Stevensville, paint­ing the trailer used to haul away trash col­lected dur­ing the beach cleanups.

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