The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

September 28, 2012

Two clean-up efforts scheduled Oct. 6

Staff Writer

TARBORO — There will be two clean-up efforts scheduled in Tarboro on Saturday, Oct. 6, and volunteers have their choices between working at Indian Lake Park or along the Tar River at Riverfront Park.

The first event, at Indian lake Park, gets under way with an 8:30 a.m. registration and will end around 11 a.m. The Tarboro Parks and Recreation Department is coordinating the Indian Lake Park cleanup, according to parks director Cheryl Gay.

The second event, downtown at the Tar River, is part of the North Carolina Big Sweep effort and gets under way at 9 a.m. Edgecombe/Nash Keep America Beautiful coordinator Cornelia McGee-Anthony, said the cleanup will focus on boat ramp areas.

Of the Indian Lake Park effort, Gay said, “It will not only bring awareness to [the importance of] not littering, but it will also help with initiatives like America in Bloom.”

Litter sweep volunteers will receive clean-up supplies and participants will also receive water and snacks.

“Everybody should be picking up trash. It shouldn’t just be left to maintenance workers,” Gay said. Gay said the town would like to expand the clean up to include other areas in the future.

The litter sweep will take place in conjunction with North Carolina Big Sweep.

Down at the river, McGee-Anthony said the Big Sweep would focus on removing litter to help protect wildlife and remove the blight from the landscape.

“Litter is ugly. It can last for hundreds of years in our environment. As it decomposes, it leaches harmful chemicals into groundwater,” she said. “Litter provides habitats for disease-carrying rodents and mosquitoes.”

Seven hundred residents in Nash and Edgecombe Counties participated in last year’s Big Sweep, according to McGee-Anthony. Big Sweep is the nation’s first statewide waterway cleanup.

To get to Riverfront Park boat landing from Main Street, turn left at the Wilco/Hess station onto East Granville Street. Take a right onto River Road and follow it to the boat ramp.

Those interested in volunteering for Tarboro’s litter sweep can pre-register by calling Jean Grimes at 641-4263. Indian Lake Park is located at 3202 Western Boulevard.