Bag it up -- in orange

Big Orange Trash Bash to send Volunteer message while cleaning community

Jillian Atchley, left, and Charlene Desha pose with the sign supporting last year’s Big Orange Trash Bash. The 2010 event begins now and continues until Sunday, Oct. 17.

Jillian Atchley, left, and Charlene Desha pose with the sign supporting last year’s Big Orange Trash Bash. The 2010 event begins now and continues until Sunday, Oct. 17.

The Big Orange Trash Bash is a community-wide roadside litter clean up and awareness campaign that adds a little fun to the efforts for University of Tennessee Volunteer fans.

The Trash Bash asks volunteers, schools, community groups and businesses to bag up trash or clean a roadway, with all the trash being collected in orange bags. Volunteers can schedule clean ups anytime between today and Sunday, Oct. 17. All the bagged litter will be collected in Big Orange trash bags, which will be used to form a 40-feet by 40-feet Power T symbol on the lawn of McGhee Tyson Airport from Oct. 20 to Oct. 24. Fans arriving for the Tennessee-Alabama football game will be treated to a memorable display of the power of individuals who make a visible difference in their community.

Organized by Keep Blount Beautiful and the Knoxville Metropolitan Airport Authority, events in the past have tallied some impressive numbers: 14.29 tons of trash collected and 147 miles of roadways cleaned from 1998 to 2000. Participation has also been impressive with 1,777 volunteers, 43 community groups and 17 schools participating over the years. In 2009, the event was re-vamped and 290 volunteers picked up 450 bags (9,000 pounds) of litter.

The first 200 volunteers will receive a free T-shirt, and all volunteers will receive orange trash bags, gloves, vests and bag pick-up service.

In today’s world where there is so much trash accumulated through thrown away cups, bottle and fast food wrappers, there is a constant and massive need to pick up trash, clean up the roadsides and various public places which get a large amount of litter left by careless residents and visitors.

Groups and individuals who would like to volunteer should call Keep Blount Beautiful at 865-681-4809 for more information and supplies.

Whether you are a Big Orange fan or just a Blount resident who wants our community to look better, now is an excellent time to answer the call to our civic duty, says Charlene Desha of Keep Blount Beautiful in a press release.

The Big Orange Trash Bash is a partnerships between a variety of agencies and businesses as well as volunteers. Keep Blount Beautiful provides project management. Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority provides the display site and layout, along with T-shirts and orange bags. Advertising sponsor is The Daily Times. Governmental agencies participating include the Blount County Sheriff’s Department, Blount County Highway Department, Tennessee Department of Transportation, City of Alcoa Public Works and the City of Maryville Public Works Department.

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