Community Litter Clean Ups
Organize a Community Clean Up
Keeping our community clean is something we can all contribute to, and the County is here to help. County staff can support your community clean up by advertising your event, providing supplies and assisting with disposal of the collected waste.
If you or your community group are interested in coordinating a trash clean-up, please reach out to Albert Paschkowiak, Supervisor of Environmental and Sustainability Services, at 613.476.2148 extension 4004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health and Safety Tips
The County encourages everyone to take the following safety precautions when picking up litter in the community:
- Wear gloves and sturdy, closed-toed shoes
- Wear brightly coloured clothes so that vehicles can see you
- Be conscious of traffic and avoid collecting trash from busy roadways where it is not safe to do so
- Only collect trash where you are capable. Avoid steep banks or slopes with loose gravel or soil
- Dress for the weather conditions and be sure to stay hydrated
- Do not collect medical waste (needles, hazard bags, etc.), hazardous waste (paint, oil, etc.) or carrion (dead animal carcass). Take note of the location (including nearby addresses) of these items and report it to the municipality by calling 613.476.2148 ext. 1023 or emailing email@example.com
- Avoid all noxious weeds such as wild parsnip or giant hog weed. More information on identification of these species can be found on the Have Your Say consultation platform.
Existing Community Clean Ups
Owen Jones Memorial Clean Up Day
Community volunteers organize a County-wide clean up every spring to coincide with Earth Day.
The event is named in honour of Owen Jones, a resident of Picton and a familiar figure in the community who passed away on December 25, 2021. For many years Owen took it upon himself to work tirelessly during the spring, summer and fall to keep the curbs and gutters clear of debris, and in the winter months made sidewalks passable to pedestrians to enable safe access to businesses along Picton Main Street.
The next Owen Jones Memorial Clean Up Day will occur in April 2024. More details will be posted closer to the date.
Quinte Trash Bash
Prince Edward County is a proud participant in Quinte Trash Bash: a community-wide spring clean up in Belleville, Quinte West, the Township of Tyendinaga and Prince Edward County.
Visit the Quinte Trash Bash website for information on upcoming event dates, community challenges, registration and more.