Plans set for roadside cleanups
CENTREVILLE — Last spring, families, clubs and groups of friends banded together to remove more than three tons of trash from 137 miles of roads in Queen Anne’s County, and event organizers are hoping to beat those figures this year.
To support and celebrate Earth Day, April 22, the county’s Department of Public Works is again sponsoring the annual Countywide Roadside Cleanup. The event is scheduled for April 22, 23 and 24.
Each year residents, businesses and organizations in the county are asked to help out by adopting roads, parks, trails or school grounds. Public Works supplies the gloves, safety vests and bags to be used for trash and recycling.
This is the third year that Connie Toulson, the county’s Recycling and Refuse manager, has coordinated this countywide event.
“Last spring participants picked up 5,020 pounds of trash, 1,220 pounds of recycling, 450 pounds of tires and another 100 pounds of miscellaneous items for a total of 3.45 tons along 137 miles in the county,” Toulson said. “You fill the trash and recycling bags that we provide and the public works crews will pick them up from the roadside.”
“This year we are offering a new challenge to county schools,” Toulson said. “All of our schools have been invited to participate in Queen Anne’s County Earth Day 2017 Video Contest.”
Schools have been asked to submit one, 15-second video per school about how to promote Earth Day. The submitted videos will be posted on the Department of Public Works’ Facebook page from April 3–17. The one video that receives the most likes for each elementary, middle and high school categories will be the winners. The three winning schools will each receive a banner to be displayed in their school along with recognition by the county commissioners.
Anyone interested in participating in the Roadside Cleanup can sign up online at www.qac.org and by typing “QAC Cleanup Events” in the search box. Searchers will fin a listing of free supply pickup locations and a link to the interactive map that allows participants to pick the road they are going to clean.
The map also alerts public works crews as to where they can pick up the filled bags on the afternoon of Monday, April 24. Trash and recyclables will each be weighed before trash is disposed of and the recyclables will be transported to Infinity Recycling in Millington for processing.
“We want to get everybody out there,” Todd Mohn, public works director, said. “Our motto is show you care and do your share, select a roadway for cleanup.”
For more information visit www.qac.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-7580920.
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Students help with 2016 roadside cleanup.