Durham Big Sweep

Participate in the largest Litter cleanup event of the year

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 over 160,000 pounds of litter since Big Sweep's inception in 2005. In 2017, volunteers collected an astounding 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!

Anywhere you see trash makes a great Big Sweep site. 

Join a group directly

If you are registering as an individual volunteer, please view the groups open to the public below and contact the group organizer for more details. 

There are no groups open to the public at this time. 


Interested in Volunteering as an Individual or registering a group? Start planning a group now for 2018! 


Registration for 2017 Big Sweep is now closed. Please check back in 2018.