Published: Apr 21, 2013 4:59 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Cleaning up Cape Coral. About 100 people attended the 17th annual Cape Coral Trash Bash.

It happened in Cape Coral’s northwest neighborhood on Saturday at the Burnt Store Boat Ramp, located at 230 Burnt Store Road South, just north of Ceitus Parkway. Northwest Cape Coral area residents and property owners team up with the City’s Code Enforcement unit, the Cape Coral Police Department and its Marine Enforcement unit to clean up trash from empty properties and canals and forge strong relationships.

Residents picked up free trash bags and t-shirts on Saturday, and went to problem areas of their choice to pick up garbage left on the side of the road.

The annual event is held in conjunction with the Keep Lee County Beautiful and the national Great American Cleanup Earth Day events. Working together, the northwest Trash Bash has consistently had the largest turnout in the county.  

“Our neighborhood has greatly improved its appearance over just a few years ago, with stronger trash containment laws and more resident awareness in keeping litter down year around,” said event coordinator, Rick Williams. “We actively urge homeowners and businesses to be vigilant about keeping their properties free of trash that can blow around and get trapped in vegetation.”

Three major sponsors—Domino’s Pizza at 3904 Skyline Blvd., Keep Lee County Beautiful, and Abate Pest Control, provided free pizza, food, cold water, soft drinks and other items for 16 years to make the event possible.