Volunteers sought for Fall Litter Sweep that starts Saturday
By Chris Day
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Area counties are gearing up for the fall Litter Sweep campaign that kicks off Saturday.
Residents of Chowan, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties are encouraged to participate in the two-week cleanup drive, which concludes on Nov. 3.
Litter Sweep was first held in April as part of a state roadside cleanup drive. Since then, some area counties agreed to hold a regional sweep in the fall.
Nita Coleman, with Green $aves Green, said residents are encouraged to participate by cleaning up roadside litter in their communities.
“We’re not trying to direct people to particular spots because there is litter all over the region,” she said.
Coleman recommends residents clean roads in their neighborhoods or streets they frequently travel to work.
“Then they get to enjoy the fruits of their labor,” she said.
Green $aves Green and the Pasquotank Solid Waste Department are spearheading the fall drive locally. Organizers are encouraging participants to register for Litter Sweep, saying it can help Green $aves Green more easily estimate how much trash was collected.
There are several ways residents can sign up to participate. Residents can register at the website greensavesgreen.org. At the home page, click on the Litter Sweep section, which directs visitors to the registration page.
Residents can return later to the website to log how many bags of trash they collected.
Registration can also be done over the phone by calling Brad Gardner at the Solid Waste Department at 335-4105, Coleman said. Another option is to register at the Pasquotank County Library.
Litter Sweep also provides orange garbage bags, work gloves and road safety vests for volunteers. Coleman asks that residents return all unused bags, plus the vests and gloves. Those items also can be checked out at the library.
There are two ways to dispose of the bags of trash, Coleman said. Residents can throw the bags out with their regular trash pickup or leave the bags on the side of the road from which the litter was collected. At greensavesgreen.org, residents should note the road where they left the bags so they can be collected.
Residents also will have to indicate they read the N.C. Department of Transportation safety rules that are linked on the registration page. The rules include the do’s and don’ts of working alongside busy roadways, like staying off the road at least 5 feet from the pavement. Another rule requires children to be at least 12 years old to participate.
During the April drive, hundreds of Pasquotank residents collected more than 600 garbage bags of litter from county roadways.
“We are certainly hoping to match or exceed those numbers this time,” Coleman said.