Earth Day preparations in motion
CENTREVILLE — Earth Day in Queen Anne’s County has taken the form of Earth Weekend the past few years as Queen Anne’s County dives head first into a three-day community clean-up effort beginning April 21 to rid selected roads and parks from trash.
The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners are once again spearheading the county’s effort to make the community free of waste.
To help the trash collection, community members are asked to select a road, school, park or community and inform Public Works personnel of the area residents plan to clean. Free gloves, trash bags and reflective vets are available for pickup at the following locations beginning April 7: Department of Public Works, 312 Safety Drive, Centreville; county finance office, 107 N. Liberty Street, Centreville; Department of Planning and Zoning, 110 Vincit Street, Centreville; Kent Island Library, 200 Library Circle, Stevensville; Centreville Library, 121 S. Commerce Street, Centreville; and the Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center, 425 Piney Narrows Road, Chester.
Residents are asked to leave filled trash bags at the corner of the road selected so pickup crews know where to gather the waste. Refuse will be collected by the Department of Public Works on Monday, April 23, beginning at noon.
All individuals, groups, organizations and businesses are encouraged to participate in the annual trash collection effort.
But the county’s clean up effort does not include just properly disposing of waste in the environment, as all Queen Anne’s County Public Schools will compete against one another in creating a 15 second Earth Day video. One video per school will be selected depicting ways to promote and celebrate Earth Day.
Once schools submit their awareness videos, the Department of Public Works will post the clips on its Facebook page for voting from April 2 through 16. The video that receives the most “likes” in the three education levels — elementary, middle and high school — will be crowned the winner, which will be announced on April 18.
Other than recognition at the April 24 county commission meeting in Centreville, the winning schools at each level will receive a banner to be displayed stating “Best Idea for Earth Day 2018.”
Schools looking to participate are asked to contact Connie Toulson, recycling coordinator, by phone at 410-758-0925 or by email at email@example.com. Schools are asked to email Toulson its finished video.
For more information and to select a road to clean, contact CleanUp@qac.org, the Department of Public Works Roads Division at 410-758-0920, or on Facebook at Queen Anne’s County Public Works. You can also visit any of the six locations handing supplies out to sign up for a specific area to clean.
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