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

Every September and October, groups from across Durham volunteer to pick up litter in their local neighborhoods, parks, and streams. This is one of the longest running events hosted by Keep Durham Beautiful. Over 5100 volunteers have picked up an estimated 160,000 pounds of litter since Big Sweep's inception in 2000.

In 2017, more than 500 volunteers collected 30,000 pounds of trash, breaking the previous record, set in 2012, by over 10,000 pounds. This event provides countless benefits to the communities involved, and is one of the most impactful means of keeping Durham beautiful.  

ARE YOU IN?
Volunteers can create a cleanup team with a group of family/friends/co-workers, or volunteer as individuals and be assigned to a team. If you don't have a particular site in mind, our staff can assist you in locating a cleanup site. Interested? Start planning a group now for Big Sweep 2018!

REPORT RESULTS:
Already finished your cleanup? Report your results here!

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING AS AN INDIVIDUAL OR REGISTERING A GROUP?  

Registration for 2018 Big Sweep is now open! Register here.

JOIN A GROUP DIRECTLY
If you are registering as an individual volunteer, please view the group cleanups open to the public below and contact the group organizer for additional details: 

  • Duke Student Association of Wetland Scientists

    • When: 10/20/18 at 9:00 AM

    • Where: South shore of Falls Lake

    • Contact: Ryan Parks ryan.parks@duke.edu

  • Eno River Association

    • When: 10/27/18 at 9:00 AM

    • Where: West Point on the Eno Park

    • Contact: Claire Denny claire@enoriver.org

  • Nicholas School Triangle Alumni

    • When: 10/27/18 at noon

    • Where: Elmira Park

    • Contact: Rachel Karasik rachel.karasik1@gmail.com

  • Crest Street Neighborhood

    • When: 11/10/18 at 9:00 AM

    • Where: Crest Street Neighborhood

    • Contact: Willie Patterson pattersonw@nc.rr.com