More than 700 people took part in Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s annual cleanup of creeks and lakes on Sept.28. Those volunteers removed more than 29 tons of trash mostly bottles, cans, food wrappers and other litter.
The 29 tons of trash Big Sweepers hauled in includes:
• 693 bags of trash
• 261 tires (200 of those were removed from Sugar Creek)
• four rollout recycling containers
• a football helmet
• cheese grater
• bowling ball
• box spring frame
• one Miley Cyrus guitar.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services organized the daylong cleanup at seven staffed locations. Volunteers could also select any creek convenient to them and report their Big Sweep collection results online.
Trash in creeks and lakes is not just ugly. It can threaten wildlife and impact our drinking water supply.
In addition to helping with the annual “Big Sweep,” volunteers can also Adopt-a-Stream. Businesses, civic groups, youth organizations and others can sign up to “adopt” a section of a creek and clean up trash there twice a year.
The Adopt-a-Stream program is also coordinated by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services.