Picking up trash in High Point on Saturday may attract police attention

The City of High Point encourages everyone to participate in a community beautification event on Saturday August 6th and participate in what is called the “Summer Trash Smash”.

This fifth annual Trash Smash will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday across the city.

The event aims to encourage High Point residents to clean up outside their homes – as well as picking up trash in their neighborhoods.

Many conscientious residents will gladly do so, however, for those in need of encouragement, all participants have a chance to win gift cards from restaurants, grocery stores and other area businesses.

Rebecca Coplin, High Point’s beautification supervisor, said it was just one way to motivate people to participate.

“The Summer Trash Smash is an effort that is beneficial in many different ways,” she said. “Residents are encouraged to keep their property and the surrounding neighborhood clean and green and are recognized in small but encouraging ways.”

During the event, police and firefighters will scour the city for people who are removing litter from their neighborhood or sprucing up the exterior of their property. When they see someone doing it, they can stop and give the residents a gift card.

The city noted that “not all officers and firefighters on duty will be handing out gift cards.” So if there’s a fire or a crime in High Point this Saturday, help should always be on the way.

“Police and firefighters have the opportunity to interact with our residents in a very positive way while helping to provide a food resource in an area classified as a food desert,” Coplin said. “It can mean a lot to someone who really needs it.”

Trash Smash participants are encouraged to put any trash or recycling in their personal trash cans or in their apartment dumpsters.

Larger items can be left on the side of the road for collection the following week by the city’s bulk collection truck.

For more information about the event, you can contact Rebecca Coplin at 336-883-3520 or email her at [email protected]