I Love Durham Limpio

We are bringing I Love Durham Limpio back! We are teaming up with Durham community partners to do an extensive litter cleanup with ALL members of the community. The purpose of this volunteer opportunity is for Durham community members to join forces by giving back to their community while learning about the environment and the resources Durham offers. We’d love for you to join us on April 29th from 9am-1pm! Don’t forget to bring your old shower heads to be traded in for NEW water efficient ones. Please visit the I Love Durham Limpio event page to view more information.

Sign up below to be part of I Love Durham Limpio

Community Appearance and Litter Index

The Community Appearance and Litter Index is a quantitative assessment used across the nation to gauge roadside litter levels. Volunteers from the community receive training and then drive set routes in Durham to conduct a visual inspection of litter levels and help identify future clean-up sites. Sign up with your friends and help us make Durham a cleaner community! Breakfast and lunch are available for all volunteers. More information is available on the event page.

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, 501 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

Celebrate Earth Month with Keep Durham Beautiful!

Earth Day is fast-approaching. Do you know how you’re celebrating? Consider joining Keep Durham Beautiful for one or more of our events this month!

April 22, 8am-2pm: Gather up your unwanted household goods for Durham’s first annual ReUse Rodeo! On Saturday, April 22nd, we will be accepting gently used books, clothing, furniture, working electronics, household appliances, cookware, tools, craft supplies, and more, to be donated to area non-profits and distributed back into the community. A complete list can be found on the event page. Paper shredding and e-recycling will also be available. Clear up your household clutter, help the earth, and give your gently used items a new life! The event will be held in the parking lot of The Shoppes at Lakewood at 2050 Chapel Hill Road. Want to help out at the inaugural Reuse Rodeo? Sign up to volunteer!

April 23, 12pm-5pm: Join us for Durham’s Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 23rd! Participants will enjoy green activities and demos, learn about sustainable practices and products at the Sustainability Expo and Earth Day Market, enjoy great music and food, and much more! The festival will take place at Durham Central Park at 501 Foster Street. To learn more, visit the event page. Interested in helping out? We are looking for waste warriors to help with recycling and composting at the event. Sign up to volunteer today!

April 27, 8am-2pm: The Community Appearance and Litter Index is a quantitative assessment used across the nation to gauge roadside litter levels. Volunteers from the community receive training and then drive set routes in Durham to conduct a visual inspection of litter levels and help identify future clean-up sites. Sign up with your friends and help us make Durham a cleaner community! Breakfast and lunch are available for all volunteers. More information is available on the event page.

April 29, 9am-1pm: We are bringing I Love Durham Limpio back! We are teaming up with Durham community partners to do an extensive litter cleanup with ALL members of the community. The purpose of this volunteer opportunity is for Durham community members to join forces by giving back to their community while learning about the environment and the resources Durham offers. We’d love for you to join us on April 29th from 9am-1pm! Don’t forget to bring your old shower heads to be traded in for NEW water efficient ones. Please visit the I Love Durham Limpio event page to view more information.

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: info@froghollowoutdoors.com, 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!

Sign up for the training:

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 Francis.E.Ferrell@usace.army.mil