(STILLWATER, OK) – City of Stillwater’s 16th Annual Trash-Off event this past Saturday, March 26, eliminated thousands of pounds of trash and junk from streets, pathways and parks.
More than 70 participants removed 86 bags of trash, car parts including a bumper and tires, couch cushions, lumber and other debris. Volunteers kicked-off the citywide clean-up event at Couch Park, designated areas to clean, put on their safety vests and gloves, and hit the ground running.
“If the streets of Stillwater look a little less littered, it’s because of the hard work our volunteers put in to make our public spaces healthier, one trash bag at a time,” said Chris Franks, Watershed Quality Specialist and event coordinator. “The event was perfect – great weather, many volunteers and Stillwater is now a cleaner place.”
The event began in 2006, and hundreds have participated throughout the years. There is a friendly competition involved with the event for the group who collects the most trash.
This year’s “Trash-Off Trophy” was awarded to Stillwater High School Beta Club for picking up the most bags of trash, fifteen (15). The group removed litter that was on the Kameoka Trail, from Stillwater High School to Boomer Lake. Their award will be on display at City Hall.
“This event was originally developed to encourage community awareness of the importance to prevent trash from entering our waterways,” Franks said. “Making our community safer and healthier is up to all of us. We sincerely appreciate the volunteers who donated their time to make Stillwater better for everyone.”