Plans set for roadside cleanups

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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 cleanup@qac.org or call 410-7580920.

Some vol­un­teers take to ca­noes to clean up the rive, but most re­move trash from the shore­line. Ei­ther way, come join the fun and make an im­pact in your com­mu­nity.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Stu­dents help with 2016 roadside cleanup.

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