Wake County Big Sweep


Big_Sweep_Results_Pic_Small.jpg2013 Fall Big Sweep Results!

During Wake County's 2013 Fall Big Sweep, a cadre of 812 volunteers swept clean 39 Wake County watershed sites that covered 85.8 miles of shoreline/roadway and 35 park acres. They collected 472.25 bags of trash and large items (10,045 lbs.), as well as 170.25 bags of recyclables that included scrap metal + wood pallets + electronics (3,405 lbs.) and 65 tires for recycling (1,300 lbs.). 

This added up to a volunteer-estimated 
total of 14,750 lbs., or 7.4 tons, of trash swept from Wake County watersheds!

THANK YOU to our dedicated volunteers and Zone Captains who give of their time and energy to make Wake County's environment safe, clean and litter-free!

BigSweep_Picture1.jpgWhere 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 preregister 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 cleanup.
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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.  




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 sbjones@wakegov.com for details and assistance.  



Whom can I call?
If you have further questions or need assistance, contact Wake County Big Sweep Coordinator Sheila Jones at 919-250-1065 or sbjones@wakegov.com