St. Charles Parish will hold its seventh parishwide Trash Bash, a litter cleanup and recycling awareness event, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 7.

Groups of volunteers will fan out around the parish beginning at 8:30 a.m. to clean up litter hot spots.

Those interested in volunteering may sign up as teams or individuals at www.scptrash bash.org or by calling (985) 331-8604.

Volunteers can choose their own areas to clean or will be assigned one. All equipment will be provided, including pick-up sticks, gloves and trash bags.

The event does not include a recycling drop-off.

Verification certificates will be available for students needing service hours for school or church requirements.

A culminating celebration will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center in Luling. Volunteers are invited to enjoy free food, music, face painting and a rock-climbing wall and to receive information about local recycling efforts and wetlands restoration.

Awards will be given to teams that provide the most volunteers and collect the most trash.

Last spring, a total of 420 volunteers registered for Trash Bash, with 206 attending the after-party. A total of 218 bags of litter were collected, equaling about 1,560 pounds of trash.

More information about event sponsors and activities is forthcoming.

People, companies or organization interested in sponsoring Trash Bash or providing door prizes should contact Renee Simpson at (985) 783-5183 or rsimpson@stcharlesgov.net.

Previous volunteers are asked to wear their Trash Bash T-shirts if available. New volunteers who wish to reserve a specific T-shirt size should sign up as soon as possible.