Wake County Big Sweep
What is Big Sweep?
Wake County Big Sweep is part of the larger North Carolina Big Sweep, a statewide citizen volunteer effort to make our environment litter-free. Wake County focuses on watersheds, coordinating cleanups of streams, lakes and wetlands. Events are planned throughout spring and fall each year in partnership with city & county parks, civic organizations, youth groups, schools, churches, and businesses.
Both Wake County Big Sweep and NC Big Sweep are affiliated with the international Ocean Conservancy that began the International Coastal Cleanup to remove litter from beaches and coastal shorelines around the world.
Why is Big Sweep important?
Big Sweep plays an important role in watershed protection by keeping Wake County’s waterways litter-free, beautiful, ecologically viable, and safe for drinking or other designated water uses. Big Sweep volunteers are often the first ones who bring illicit discharges and other potential pollutants to their local government’s attention. Volunteers pull out the garbage that can harm the water you drink, the places you fish, the wildlife you love, and the beautiful waterways you canoe, sail, and swim in!
When is Big Sweep?
NC Big Sweep's statewide cleanup takes place each year on the first Saturday in October. In Wake County, we hold numerous Big Sweep cleanups in Spring (March & April) and Fall (September & October) on numerous dates to broaden participation and lend flexibility to busy schedules. Visit this web site often to see our latest Schedule! Cleanups are listed by date chronologically, then by town and watershed alphabetically.
Where can I volunteer in Wake County?
Big Sweep welcomes willing & enthusiastic volunteers! Wake County has numerous cleanups in several municipalities thanks to dynamo Zone Captains who lead these events. Select a site on our spring or fall Schedule
. To volunteer, contact the site's Zone Captain or park office to pre-register the volunteers in your party. This is a good time to make sure the site is appropriate for different age groups and different levels of physical ability. Volunteers must
complete the Volunteer Liability Waiver
and return it to the Zone Captain on the day of the clean-up.
For more information please see the detailed Schedule
How can I become a Zone Captain?
Do you have a littered area in Wake County in mind? Are you willing to lead volunteers in a safe cleanup? New Zone Captains are always welcome and needed! If interested, contact Wake Soil & Water Conservation District’s Sheila Jones at 919-250-1065 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details and assistance.
Who can I call?
If you have further questions or need assistance, contact Wake County Big Sweep Coordinator Sheila Jones
at 919-250-1065 or email@example.com