Sweep taking big bite out of litter


Camden County Middle School Principal Levar Mizelle (right) warns a student to watch out for fire ants on balls found in the ditches behind the school, while the group was participating in Litter Sweep, earlier last week.


From staff reports

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Local volunteers participating in the statewide Litter Sweep are giving area roadsides a good spring cleaning.  

Nita Coleman, who helped organize Pasquotank’s Litter Sweep participation, said in an email to volunteers Friday that since the anti-litter campaign began last Saturday 160 volunteers have already collected 276 bags of litter from Pasquotank County roadsides and parks. 

Coleman said the trash collected so far has also included tires, broken furniture, a mattress and a 43-inch television.

“All in less than a week,” Coleman said. “Great job, everyone.” 

In Camden County, the threat of rain prevented volunteers from getting out on the first day of Litter Sweep, but they got to work early last week.

Brenda Bowman, who organized Camden’s participation, gave an update on volunteers’ progress in an email Friday morning. 

Sixteen students and parents from Camden Intermediate School filled five trash bags with bottles, cigarette butts and other litter while walking a one-mile stretch of Sawyer’s Creek Road, Bowman said.   

Representing Camden County Middle School were 29 students and five teachers who filled 10 bags while clearing litter from a one-mile stretch of Scotland Road, Bowman said. Several more Camden groups are scheduled to clean up roadside litter. 

Litter Sweep began Saturday, April 13, and ends next Saturday. Other area counties participating in Litter Sweep include Perquimans and Chowan. Participants in Pasquotank County include the county Department of Social Services, No Limit Fitness, Elizabeth City Senior Women’s Club, Grace Montessori School, Albemarle School, Christ Episcopal Church, River City YouthBuild, the River Road National Honor Society and Pasquotank County administrative staff.

More than 20 groups in Camden County have registered to participate. According to Bowman, those groups include Camden Intermediate School, Camden Middle’s FFA and Jr. Beta clubs and softball team, Camden County High School’s National Honor Society, the South Mills Volunteer Fire Department, Camden County 4-H, the U.S. Coast Guard, plus several county departments and individuals.

Both Pasquotank and Camden counties provided funding for the reflective vests, gloves, plastic trash bags and trash grabbers that are being used by volunteers.

Bowman is asking volunteers to remember to call the Camden County Litter Hotline at 621-3940 to report their group’s name, area and miles cleared, and number of trash bags the group filled. 

In Pasquotank County, volunteers should report that information at the following webpage: pasquotankcountync.org/did-a-litter-cleanup.