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Volunteers Needed for New Hanover County Big Sweep 2013

NEW HANOVER CTY - What entangles birds, cuts feet and contaminates water?  What’s a form of pollution that we can help both prevent and clean up?  If you guessed litter, you are correct!  Litter can cause a variety of problems in our community, but together we can clean over 40 miles of waterways in New Hanover County in just one morning during this year’s Big Sweep.
Join us for Big Sweep on Saturday, September 21, 2013.  Register today by visiting and completing the Big Sweep Sign Up form. Recruit your book club, your coworkers or your civic organization for a great community service event or come meet new friends.  Volunteers will be assigned to one of many sites located throughout our county.
Participants should come prepared to be outdoors and are encouraged to: wear appropriate clothing including sturdy closed toe shoes, a hat or visor, and consider bringing sunscreen and insect repellent.  Help us reduce the amount of waste at the event by bringing your own reusable water bottle and gloves if you have them.
North Carolina Big Sweep began as a beach cleanup in 1987 and is now an annual statewide event.  Since its inception, more than 300,000 volunteers have retrieved over ten million pounds of debris from North Carolina’s waterways.  It is part of the International Coastal Cleanup that involves approximately 90 countries and 55 states and territories.
Locally, the event is sponsored by New Hanover County Parks and Gardens, Keep New Hanover County Beautiful, NC Big Sweep, First Citizen’s Bank, What’s On Wilmington and WWAYTV-3.  Participating organizations include Cape Fear River Watch, the Pleasure Island Parrotheads, Island Women, the Town of Kure Beach, the Town of Carolina Beach, the Town of Wrightsville Beach, the City of Wilmington, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, Carolina Beach State Park, North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve and Wilmington Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, visit or call (910) 798-7564.