Wake County Big Sweep


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.  Note: Some sites may require volunteers to sign two waivers.  Thank you for signing these important forms! 
What is Wake County Big Sweep?

Wake County Big Sweep is a 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.

Wake County Big Sweep is affiliated with the international Ocean Conservancy that began the International Coastal Cleanup to remove litter from beaches and coastal shorelines around the world.  Our volunteers intercept litter before it travels downstream via the Neuse and Cape Fear Rivers, to the NC coast, and out to the Atlantic Ocean. 


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!  

View the Fall 2018 Big Sweep Results!

View the Spring 2018 Big Sweep Results!

RESULTS Big Sweep FALL 2017 FINAL.pdfView the Fall 2017 Big Sweep Results!

RESULTS Big Sweep SPRING 2017 FINAL.pdfView the Spring 2017 Big Sweep Results!

View the Fall 2016 Big Sweep Results!

RESULTS Big Sweep SPRING 2016 FINAL.pdfView the Spring 2016 Big Sweep Results!


When is Big Sweep?

In Wake County, we hold numerous Big Sweep cleanups in Spring (March & April) and Fall (September & October) on multiple 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?
Wake County Big Sweep is a program of Wake Soil and Water Conservation District.  If you have further questions or need assistance, contact Wake County Big Sweep Coordinator Sheila Jones at 919-250-1065 or sbjones@wakegov.com


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