What happens to litter? In a county surrounded by water like New Hanover, chances are good that it ends up in the river or the ocean fairly quickly. Once it hits the water, litter becomes marine debris - one of the most prevalent sources of pollution in our oceans today.
On Saturday, September 25, 2010 hundreds of volunteers throughout New Hanover County will gather to reduce the amount of litter that becomes marine debris during Big Sweep, an annual cleanup of our waterways. Big Sweep will begin at 9am in Wrightsville Beach at Access #4 (the L-shaped lot), Johnnie Mercer’s Pier and Access #36 (near Oceanic), Carolina Beach at the Boardwalk Gazebo, Kure Beach at the Pier, and Greenfield Lake at the boathouse.
Volunteers are needed! Refreshments, bags and gloves will be provided. Please come prepared to be outdoors, and wear sturdy closed toe shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Help us reduce the amount of plastic at the event by bringing your own reusable water bottle, and gloves if you have them.
Big Sweep began as a beach sweep in 1987 and is now an annual statewide event. Since its inception, more than 192,000 volunteers have retrieved over six 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 Keep America Beautiful of New Hanover County, the Town of Wrightsville Beach, the Wrightsville Beach Sea Turtle Project, Cape Fear Surfrider Foundation, Cleaner Greener Wrightsville Beach, the Town of Carolina Beach, the Pleasure Island Parrotheads, the Town of Kure Beach, the City of Wilmington and Cape Fear River Watch.
For more information, please call Keep America Beautiful of New Hanover County at 798-4404 or visit http://www.nhcgov.com/AgnAndDpt/KAB/Pages/Big%20Sweep.aspx