KIBCU gives trash trailer a new look
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
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.