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May 7, 2013

MOTHERLY LOVE: Inaugural event to celebrate Mother Earth on Saturday

Trash Force Inc. to host festival at New Albany Amphitheater

NEW ALBANY — This weekend, it’s all about the mothers in New Albany.

Mother’s Day will be celebrated Sunday, and those with a passion for preserving Mother Earth have planned a free festival to raise awareness for recycling and reuse. The inaugural Honor Mother Earth event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the New Albany Riverfront Amphitheater. The city of New Albany and Jamey Abersold Jazz are among the sponsors, but the primary organizer of the festival is Trash Force Inc.

The nonprofit launched in 1990 and set up a recycling center at Sam Peden Community Park. The goal was to keep recyclable material out of the Clark-Floyd Landfill, and through its efforts, Trash Force kept about 5 million pounds of material out of landfills during a six-year period.

Though the organization no longer operates the recycling drop-off, Trash Force continues to educate people about the importance of reuse through newsletters.

“We just have to learn to better use our resources and reuse them,” Trash Force President Warren Nash said.

As membership has waned in recent years, Trash Force is stepping up its efforts in hopes of garnering more participation. Beyond the newsletters, Trash Force officials said they’d like to hold more educational forums and events.

One way to do so, the organization decided, is to hold the Honor Mother Earth event, and Saturday’s slate is packed with a plethora of activities and entertainment.

Admission to the festival is free, and among the performers, Jamey Abersold Jazz will play from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Amazon Jungle John will be on hand to entertain the kids from noon to 3 p.m. Several exhibits and vendors will be on hand, and The New Albanian Brewing Co. will have a tent at the festival.

Typically, Trash Force has been one of the main sponsors of the annual Earth Day event in April at the Falls of the Ohio. While the organization still had a booth at this year’s festival, Nash said the decision was made to showcase Trash Force’s efforts and educate the public a little closer to home.

“It had been very successful, and they made some changes at the [Falls of the Ohio] this year, so we thought it was a good time to have it in New Albany,” he said.

Trash Force Treasurer Mary Ann Sodrel was one of the organization’s charter members and organizers, and she said Saturday’s event will hopefully rejuvenate public interest in the group and the cause.

“This is our big re-entry into activity with this festival,” she said.

One of the facets of the event she’s most excited about is the participation of Bluegrass E-Cycle, which will be on hand to collect electronic items for recycling. In addition to taking all office equipment, items that will be accepted by Bluegrass E-Cycle include televisions, computers and cell phones.

Sodrel stressed that even if people don’t feel like staying for the festival, they can still bring electronic equipment to be recycled.

For more information, visit the website or call 812-948-1292.



• Individuals can become members of Trash Force for a $10 donation. Family membership is $25, and there are varying levels of corporate membership beginning at $50. For more information, e-mail

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