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Friday, October 8, 2021  |  Permalink

Keep Harnett Beautiful Announces Countywide Fall Litter Sweep

Volunteers needed for litter cleanups October 30 through November 14

Harnett County, NC- Volunteers across Harnett County are needed to help clean up trash along roadways between October 30 and November 14 for the 2021 Keep Harnett Beautiful Fall Litter Sweep. 

The 2021 Keep Harnett Beautiful Fall Litter Sweep has been coordinated to address the growing concern of litter along Harnett County roadways and encourage community participation to assist in beautifying Harnett County. 

Keep Harnett Beautiful is encouraging households and groups to coordinate cleanups along a roadway of their choice October 30 through November 14.  

To sign up to volunteer for the Fall Litter Sweep, register online at https://www.harnett.org/waste/keep-harnett-beautiful.asp

Volunteers of all ages and community organizations who register for this beautification effort will be provided safety vests, gloves, pickup sticks, and trash bags. Registered volunteers will be contacted via the email provided in their registration form to coordinate the distribution and return of litter cleanup supplies. Volunteers must register by November 10 to receive supplies. Volunteers will also be asked to complete a volunteer report form upon completion of their cleanup.

During the Fall Litter Sweep, Keep Harnett Beautiful will run three litter contests. These include: the volunteer group that collects the most bags of litter; the volunteer that finds the most unique piece of litter; and the best Halloween costume while volunteering. A winner will be chosen for each contest to receive a prize. To participate in the contest, post your picture to Facebook using the hashtag #KHBFallLitterSweep21 and tag the Keep Harnett Beautiful Facebook page: www.facebook.com/keepharnettbeautiful. Those individuals that do not have Facebook can still participate in the contests by uploading your pictures to the report form or emailing photos to khb@harnett.org.

“Our Keep Harnett Beautiful team is excited to coordinate another Litter Sweep this Fall,” stated Community Relations Coordinator Ashley Bauer. “During our Spring Litter Sweep, we had over 330 volunteers that collected 740 bags of trash along 46 roadways in Harnett County. We had such great support from the community earlier this year and want to continue to engage our citizens to help us tackle our litter issue. Beautifying roadways throughout the County will continue to be a team effort, and we want to provide opportunities that make volunteering fun!”

Keep Harnett Beautiful will also host an educational virtual program for elementary school students on the Keep Harnett Beautiful’s Facebook page. The program will explore a watershed and visualize how everything people do, including littering, has a consequence not only for us but also for communities downstream. Students will make observations as staff perform a live watershed demonstration, and then students will create a watershed model of their own to see firsthand the movement of trash and other debris as it travels into local water sources causing contamination and impacting ecosystems.  More information on this virtual program will be posted on the Keep Harnett Beautiful Facebook page at www.facebook.com/keepharnettbeautiful.  

Keep Harnett Beautiful is an initiative of Harnett County Government, Towns of Angier, Coats, Erwin, and Lillington, City of Dunn, Campbell University, Central Carolina Community College, Harnett County Schools, and various community partners, that involves the community in responsible solutions for a clean and beautiful environment and promotes community awareness, public education, litter reduction, waste reduction, and recycling.

For more information on Keep Harnett Beautiful, visit https://www.harnett.org/waste/keep-harnett-beautiful.asp or contact Harnett County Solid Waste at 910-814-6156 or khb@harnett.org.

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