Volunteers from Greenpeace Associates collected 160lbs of trash from Penny's Bend Nature Preserve for Big Sweep 2017!

Volunteers from Greenpeace Associates collected 160lbs of trash from Penny's Bend Nature Preserve for Big Sweep 2017!

Durham Big sweep - september and October 2019

Volunteers needed for cleanup sites around Durham

Every September and October, groups from across Durham volunteer to pick up litter in their local neighborhoods, parks, and streams.

This is Durham's largest litter cleanup event of the year, coordinated by Keep Durham Beautiful, Durham County Soil and Water Conservation, and the City of Durham Stormwater & GIS Services Division, with additional support provided by the Durham County General Services Department and the City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services Department. 

Over 5700 Big Sweep volunteers have picked up 177,000 pounds of litter since 2005. In 2018, 539 Big Sweep volunteers removed 17,000 pounds of waste, including 369 tires, from 33 cleanup sites. This event provides countless benefits to the communities involved, and is one of the most impactful means of keeping Durham beautiful.

Participating volunteers will receive trash bags, gloves, litter grabbers, and vests. The City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department and Durham County General Services assure that collected litter is properly recycled or sent to the landfill.

Whether you have a group and a location all ready to go, or you are an individual looking to join an existing cleanup, fill out the form below and we’ll be in contact with additional details!

Big Sweep Supply Pick-Up

There are three available dates to collect supplies for your litter pick-up. Drop by the front office in the City of Durham General Services building at 2011 Fay Street, Durham, NC, 27704 between 3:30-5:30 PM on the following days:

  • September 19

  • October 2

  • October 17

Please contact us at info@keepdurhambeautiful.org if you need to schedule another time to collect supplies.

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