Keeping Blount Co. beautiful one trash bag at a time

The 'Big Orange Trash Bash' proudly displays a Power T made out of trash picked up throughout Blount County.

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Join Keep Blount Beautiful this year for the Big Orange Trash Bash! The Big Orange Trash Bash is a community –wide litter clean up and awareness campaign.

Past events have collected 14.25 tons of trash and cleaned 147 miles of roadways from 1998 to 2000 and 1777 volunteers, 43 community groups and 17 schools have participated over the years.

In 2012 65 volunteers picked up 185 bags of litter, equal to 3,700 lbs.

Volunteers can schedule clean ups anytime between September 16st and October 13th. All litter will be bagged in BIG ORANGE bags and displayed in a 40’x40’ orange Power T symbol on the lawn of the McGhee Tyson Airport from October 16 until October 21.

Fans arriving for the Tennessee-South Carolina football game will be treated to a memorable display of the power of individuals who make a visible difference in their community.

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.

The Big Orange Trash Bash is a result of successful partnerships between a variety of agencies and businesses as well as volunteers.

Keep Blount Beautiful provides project management. Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority provides display site and layout along with t-shirts and orange bags.

The advertising sponsor is The Daily Times. The Alcoa/Maryville/Blount County Landfill provides an area for bag collection and the Blount County Sheriff’s Department provides bag pick up service.

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