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Big Sweep 2018


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 5100 Big Sweep volunteers have picked up 160,000 pounds of litter since 2005. In 2017, 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 their own selected group, or can 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. While the official Big Sweep date is October 6, any date in September or October is eligible. Interested? 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


Earlier Event: October 5
Geer Cemetery Workday
Later Event: October 13
Durham ReUse Rodeo