Earth Day Festival – Waste Warrior Volunteers

Sign up to help make the Earth Day Festival a waste-wise event. Receive free Keep Durham Beautiful reusable cup and bag!

Volunteers are needed to help set up, staff, and breakdown waste stations that include recycling and compost options. With over 3,000 people attending the Earth Day Festival, your volunteer efforts can help divert hundred of pounds of compostable and recyclable materials from the landfill! YOU can help make Durham more sustainable.

Waste Reduction at the Earth Day Festival

When: Sunday, April 23, 2017

Where: Durham Central Park, 502 Foster Street, Durham, NC 

3 volunteer shifts available:

  • 11:30-1:30 pm – Set up & Waste Warrior
  • 1:30-3:30 pm – Waste Warrior
  • 3:30-5:30 pm – Cleanup & Waste Warrior


Why Volunteer?

  • Free Keep Durham Beautiful swag!
  • Knowing you made a difference in how much waste was diverted from the landfill
  • A big thank you!

Important Volunteer Information:

  • Teens welcome – earn community service credit
  • Youth welcome with adult supervision
  • Dress for the weather 
  • Bring your own water bottle
  • Arrive 10 minutes prior to your volunteer shift

Do I need to have prior experience?

Nope! You will be trained prior to your volunteer shift, please arrive 10 minutes before your shift to go over volunteer instructions and composting/recycling FAQs.

What does a Waste Warrior do?

  • Set up waste stations and signs 
  • Set up volunteer tent 
  • Staff the waste stations that include composting and recycling stations (Waste Warrior)
  • Educate food truck customers on how to properly recycle and compost (Waste Warrior)
  • Sort waste into correct containers – trash, recycling, or compost- as needed (Waste Warrior)
  • Swap out recycling and compost bins when they get full (Waste Warrior)
  • Breakdown waste stations and signs 
  • Sort waste from food truck’s trash and recycling containers 
  • Break down volunteer tent


To sign up, please fill out the form below

Ellerbe Creek Cleanup

Help clean up Ellerbe Creek by canoe! We will be removing trash from the Ellerbe Creek at Red Mill Rd, near where the creek empties into Falls Lake. SPACE IS LIMITED, RSVP REQUIRED. Contact Natasha Teasley by phone or email to reserve your spot. Due to safety concerns along Red Mill Rd, we will park and meet at the Eno River Boat Launch and then carpool to the Ellerbe Creek put-in. We encourage you to bring your own boat if you have one, just let Natasha know when you signup.


Natasha Teasley Contact information:, 919-416-1200

Get Wild!

Join the Triangle Land Conservancy as we celebrate Creek Week by exploring a stream at Horton Grove Nature Preserve. We’ll go on a short hike to the creek, use magnifying glasses and nets to discover the creatures that live there, and learn how keeping our water clean is good for everyone – from the tiniest bugs to you and me! This program is recommended for families with children ages 5 and up. Wading in the creek is optional, but we recommend wearing shoes that can get wet just in case (like old sneakers or rain boots). This event is free, but preregistration is required.

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Stream Monitoring Training

Start a monitoring team in your area to monitor water quality in the Haw River Watershed. The training will consist of chemical analysis of the stream including pH, Nitrate, Phosphate, and Dissolved Oxygen. We will do a physical analysis, noting stream bank health, wildlife indicators, and smells. Lastly, we will do a biological analysis, sampling populations of macroinvertebrates in the water. This training is open to participants of all ages!

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Third Fork Creek cleanup in Longmeadow neighborhood

Join this family-friendly cleanup to remove litter from a neighborhood branch of Third Fork Creek.

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Third Fork Creek cleanup at Forest Hills Park

Join this family-friendly cleanup to remove litter from a branch of upper Third Fork Creek. Meet at the picnic shelter at Forest Hills Park.

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Lick Creek Cleanup

We will meet at the parking area for a waterfowl sub-impoundment at the Highway 98 crossing of Lick Creek. We will provide trash bags and gloves, but volunteers need to bring boots that can get wet and any snacks and water. Please register on facebook or by email

City and County Employee Clean-Up (open to public!)

Help clean up the trash along Camden Ave and Ellerbe Creek (City and County Employees as well as the the Community Ages 18+ are encouraged to participate)

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Little River Clean Up

Celebrate Creek Week with a clean up! DPR will provide canoes and clean up supplies to help keep Durham’s reservoir in pristine shape. This event is appropriate for ages 13 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult). No cost, no pre-registration required.

If you are interested in learning about the collaboration between the City Of Durham’s Water Management Department and Triangle Land Conservancy to protect the land around Little River to protect our drinking water, there will be a lunch and learn just prior to the clean up. Visit for details.

Lunch and Learn- Land Conservation and Source Water Protection

Bring your lunch and learn how the City of Durham’s Department of Water Management is collaborating with Triangle Land Conservancy to protect the land that protects our City’s source water and help us to continue to provide safe, high-quality drinking water to our residents. After lunch, get outside and join the watershed protection efforts by participating in a cleanup around one of our drinking water sources, Little River Reservoir. To register for the Little River Cleanup, please up here

To sign up for the lunch and learn, please fill the form: