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Fall Litter Sweep cleans 125 bags of trash from roads

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U.S. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officers (l-r) Jeff Brundage, Russ Beaty, Josh Vogan, Erik Andersen and Jeremy King fill trash bags with litter along U.S. Highway 158, Thursday morning. The Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officers Association’s Elizabeth City chapter recently adopted U.S. 158 between the Causeway Bridge to Country Club Road. A total of 16 warrant officers took part in Thursday’s litter cleanup.

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By Chris Day
Multimedia Editor

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Pasquotank County is more than 100 bags of trash cleaner thanks to just as many Litter Sweep volunteers.

Nita Coleman, with the all-volunteer environmental group Green Saves Green, said 134 volunteers filled 125 bags of trash collected from county roadsides during the fall Litter Sweep campaign.

“Pretty good haul,” she said, adding that she’s hoping for similar results in the next Litter Sweep. “Please let everybody know we’ll be looking for them again in the spring.”

The two-week cleanup effort began Saturday, Oct. 19, and concluded Sunday, Nov. 3. Many of the volunteers worked in teams representing local businesses or other organizations.

Donnie Markham, owner of No Limit Fitness in downtown Elizabeth City, and his team of clients were again named “Litter Sweep” champions for collecting the most bags of trash – 30 – in a single cleanup, Coleman said.

Markham’s team also collected the most trash in the spring Litter Sweep held last April.

In second place was the Albemarle Family YMCA team, which collected 24 bags of trash. County Manager Sparty Hammet’s #TeamPasquotank finished third with 20 bags filled.

“Thanks to our volunteers, our county looks better,” Coleman said.

Markham’s team spruced up a stretch of Halstead Extended Boulevard, while #TeamPasquotank focused on Northside Road.

Meanwhile, students from Northeast Academy for Aerospace and Advanced Technologies cleaned up downtown. Also participating were students, staff and administrators from Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools and Elizabeth City State University.

While not part of the fall Litter Sweep, a group of U.S. Coast Guard chief warrant officers spent Thursday cleaning up trash along U.S. Highway 158 in Camden County.

CWO Jeff Brundage, vice president of the Elizabeth City chapter of the Chief Warrant Officers Association, said the association recently adopted the near 3-mile stretch of U.S. 158 between the Camden Causeway bridge to Country Club Road. A total of 16 Coast Guard chief warrant officers, some retired, participated in Thursday’s cleanup.

The Coasties began working at around 9 a.m. and by 10 a.m. they had already filled at least 6 bags but had much more of the road to finish.

Litter Sweep is an N.C. Department of Transportation effort that Green Saves Green helps coordinate in Pasquotank County, with assistance from the county’s Solid Waste Department. The spring 2019 Litter Sweep was held in April and resulted in more than 625 bags of trash collected in Pasquotank County.

For the fall Litter Sweep, participants were encouraged to clean up roads in their neighborhoods or streets they frequently travel. The fall Sweep also included volunteers in boats spending one morning cleaning debris from Charles and Knobbs creeks.

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