24th annual Quinte Trash Bash happening April 20

The Quinte Trash Bash, now in its 24th year, returns on Saturday, April 20.

Residents across the Quinte Region are encouraged to join forces in cleaning up roadsides, parks and other public spaces.

This community-wide spring cleanup initiative draws participants from Belleville, Quinte West, Prince Edward County and Tyendinaga Township, uniting efforts to clear public areas of litter. Residents can team up with friends and family or represent businesses, organizations, or schools.

“Now more than ever, taking care of the environment is of utmost importance,” emphasized City of Belleville Mayor Neil Ellis in a media release. “Quinte Trash Bash is an opportunity to help improve our community and keep our planet clean for a better tomorrow, one piece of litter at a time. This is an excellent family outing to teach our city’s children the importance of green efforts.”

“Every little bit of litter collected counts to ensure a greener and healthier community for all,” echoed City of Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison. “Whether it’s a nearby trail, park, outside your workplace or along your neighbourhood roadside, Quinte Trash Bash is the perfect time to join together with friends, family, co-workers and community groups to make a difference for the environment and future generations.”

Free trash drop-off stations will operate from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 20, providing essential supplies at no cost. Communities involved will distribute these supplies starting April 15 and continue to the event day. To access supply kits, locate drop-off points, and register for participation, folks can visit quintetrashbash.ca.

“We want to thank everyone for their commitment to keeping our community free from litter,” remarked Tyendinaga Township Mayor Claire Kennelly. “Quinte Trash Bash is a great opportunity to show we care.”

“Prince Edward County takes littering seriously because it has a detrimental effect on our environment and on our residents’ quality of life,” stated County Mayor Steve Ferguson. “In the spirit of combating littering, we are once again participating in the Owen Jones Community Clean Up, held in support of the Quinte Trash Bash. To further spread the word in our community, we are also proud to sponsor an anti-littering sign design contest for local students.”

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