First ‘Trash for Cash’ event a success

“The Recycling Stream” was a pop-up art project created during Baltimore Trash Talk’s 5-cent bottle exchange earlier this month. It illustrates the connection between trash and Chesapeake Bay. - Photo courtesy of Bridget Parlato

On Saturday, Oct. 5, residents turned in their trash and got cash.

Baltimore Trash Talk, an initiative launched by Fell’s Prospect resident Bridget Parlato in response to the Southeast’s trash problem, held a 5-cent bottle exchange event in Patterson Park.

Through a grant from Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, residents received 5 cents for each plastic or glass bottle, or aluminum can, that they turned in.

Parlato reported that Baltimore Trash Talk collected 15,586 bottles and cans.

“Most of the stuff—a huge portion—came in the first few hours because it was first-come first-serve, and there was money to be had,” she said.

The exchange also included an art project, in which participants put the empty containers in a stream form through the park, to illustrate the connection between litter and the Chesapeake Bay. The pop-up art project included paper fish hand-made by Parlato herself.

With grant money left over, Baltimore Trash Talk and the Fell’s Prospect Community Association are planning another 5-cent exchange for April 2014.

by Erik Zygmont

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