Students can help keep Carteret County beaches clean this summer while earning volunteer hours with Carteret Big Sweep.
The Summer Solo Cleanup program through Carteret Big Sweep is recruiting students to collect litter from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend at beach accesses.
Carteret Big Sweep works to educate the public on litter and provides educational opportunities on waste reduction, recycling, and other alternatives to the landfill such as composting and vermicomposting, according to the organization.
Students are being asked to commit to a minimum of 25 volunteer hours between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. A solo effort to maintain social distance, students will be assigned busy sections of beach to clean and will be provided with all equipment needed for a safe and effective cleanup.
Carteret Big Sweep has also scheduled monthly roadside cleanups across the county where there has been an increase in debris. The cleanups are at 9 a.m. every third Saturday of the month. The next monthly cleanup will be at 9 a.m. Saturday on Harkers Island Road. Meet at the parking lot of Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center.
We work year-round with volunteer groups that are often businesses, civic organizations, neighborhoods, youth, families and other groups or individuals. Our efforts remove litter before it can cause harm to humans, wildlife and the environment.
If you would like more information on these projects or dates and locations for upcoming events, contact Dee Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Facebook at @carteretbigsweep.