The city’s annual Trash Bash was held last Saturday, helping to clean the environment (and closets) of items that can be reused or recycled. This year’s event offered drive-thru drop-off opportunities at both City Hall and the Richardson Square Mall parking lot, as well as individual trash/recycling cleanup opportunities.

Here’s a look at Trash Bash 2022 by the numbers:

  • Almost 2,000 cars showed up for the electronics recycling/paper shredding event
  • 53,000 pounds of paper were collected for shredding and 42,000 pounds of electronics (5,000 and 12,000 pounds more than last year, respectively)
  • 75 gallons of used cooking oil/grease was collected for making biofuels
  • 354 boxes with more than 3,800 used books, DVDs, CDs and vinyl records were collected by the Friends of the Library for the group’s upcoming book sale (see Library section below for sale details)
  • 420 participants picked up supplies to pick up trash
  • Three bins full of clothing and 1,031 pounds of food and hygiene items were collected for Network of Community Ministries, a 34 percent increase over last year’s Trash Bash
  • 691 pairs of eyeglasses and one set of hearing aids were collected by the Lions Club
  • 1,000 bags of mulch and compost were distributed free to residents