DARKE COUNTY - Darke County roadways are cleaner once again, thanks to the Trash Bash held this past weekend in the Darke County Solid Waste Management event.
Krista Fourman, district director, reported 1,124 people registered to help for the seventh annual event.
“We had wonderful weather,” she said. “They picked up 7.07 tons of trash and 1.48 tons of recyclable materials.”
That’s not the most that was collected in past Trash Bashes, but looked like it, Fourman said.
A safety meeting was held before trash picker-uppers left the Youth Building at the Darke County Fairgrounds with their collection supplies.
Trash Bash was held Saturday and Sunday, with the Darke County Highway Garage crew picking up the bags that were left by the roadsides on Monday.
“The weather wasn’t so nice for the pick-up on Monday,” Fourman said.
According to Fourman, there were no issues travel-wise, for those helping with the trash clean-up. The Darke County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning prior to the event and had deputies patrolling the roadways and enforcing traffic laws.
Volunteers and organization representativves cleaned up 635 miles of Darke County and township roads from dawn to dusk. These volunteers walked along roadways picking up trash. Volunteers’ vehicles were parked along or near the roads where the trash pick up occurred. Participants were to be wearing bright green colored shirts to increase visibility.
“Rumpke disposed of the trash and recyclables for free for us,” Fourman said.