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September 11
Sweep Wake County Clean

This fall, Wake County residents of all ages are invited to volunteer for Wake County Big Sweep and assist in cleaning up litter from the County's rivers, lakes and streams.

North Carolina Big Sweep is a citizen volunteer effort to reduce the amount of trash in the environment, and as a part of this effort, Wake County focuses on the cleaning of its watersheds.

Last fall, 1,109 Wake County volunteers cleaned 46 watershed sites, collected 10,524 pounds of trash and diverted 6,052 pounds of recyclables from the landfill. This year Wake County Commissioners are encouraging at least 1,000 residents to volunteer for the cause.

"We have Big Sweepers of all ages and walks of life working together to make a difference," said Wake County Big Sweep Coordinator Sheila Jones. "Everyone rolls up their sleeves and pitches in with enthusiasm and purpose."

Wake County cleanups begin Saturday, September 12, and are scheduled every week through Saturday, October 10. Cleanup supplies are provided by Wake County Solid Waste Management and Ocean Conservancy, and all landfill tipping fees have been waived for this annual event by the Wake County Board of Commissioners.

Wake County Big Sweep is an annual project that is a part of the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup and is coordinated by Wake Soil and Water Conservation District. For more information about scheduled events, registration and waivers, please visit the County's Big Sweep page.





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