Dash for Trash is just that, a dart and bolt to pick up litter all over Downtown Charleston. Most of us would not find picking up litter as enjoyable or fun, but Dash for Trash puts a positive spin on cleaning up litter, and making volunteer work rewarding and exciting. On Saturday, this annual scavenger hunt went on in its twelfth year in keeping Charleston as beautiful and clean as possible. Dash for Trash partners with the College of Charleston department of Center for Civic Engagement that provide students with local, nonprofit volunteer opportunities and Keep Charleston Beautiful, a local organization that makes its main priority keeping Charleston beautiful.
Now, to the fun part. Teams of ten or less gathered at Liberty Square, dressed in sporty get-ups with high-knee socks and headbands and defiantly toted “Dash for Trash” signs. There was a lot of energy in the air, and maybe the beginning of fall and the relenting heat of summer had something to do with it. But, not only was there a positive energy floating around, also there was a feeling of community amongst everyone. Though many College of Charleston students participated, people of all ages joined in on the fun. Children happily played with one another, friends tossed a football around, moms discussed their kids Halloween outfits for this year and teams mingled with others teams and joked about collecting the most litter.
Once 9 a.m. came around, the teams set out with their buggies (shopping carts) into the city and scoured for litter, looking for anything from cigarette butts to plastic water bottles. This event is a positive motivator for a healthy lifestyle invoked by cleaning up the city and getting exercise by walking the perimeter of downtown Charleston. If this sounds fun and interesting, look into joining one of these partnerships with the Center for Civic Engagement or Keep Charleston Beautiful to work and contribute to keep this Holy City holy.