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Creek Cleanup Volunteers Remove 5,000+ Pounds of Litter from Morgan Creek Watershed

Post Date:03/12/2020 3:28 PM

CARRBORO STREAM CLEANUPOn Saturday, March 7, Chapel Hill Stormwater teamed up with Carrboro Stormwater to clean up the unnamed creek next to the Roberson Place pathway in Carrboro. Every time it rains, litter from both towns washes down into this unnamed stream and eventually flows down to Jordan Lake.

In less than three hours, 65 volunteers removed over 5,280 pounds of litter from the stream banks.  Within two hours, they filled the 125 trash bags staff brought for the cleanup. Rather than quit for the day, these dedicated volunteers chose to carry the remaining trash up by hand.

Carrboro Public Works removed the litter from the bike path the following Monday.

How can we prevent so much litter from ending up in our waterways?

  • Throw trash and recycling into proper containers. When you pick up dog waste, put the bag in a trash can rather than throwing it off the trail.
  • Dumpsters and recycling carts can add litter, bacteria, and other pollutants to waterways if not properly maintained. Place waste containers away from storm drains, ditches, or creeks. Sweep areas often and do not over fill the containers.
  • Need to get rid of some bulky furniture, appliances, large household items, or electronics? $15 is charged for the collection of up to 3 items (additional items are $5 each). Call 919-969-5100 to make arrangements or submit an online request.
  • Learn more about all things TRASH at Chapel Hill Solid Waste and RECYCLING at Orange County Solid Waste Management.

If you are interested in coordinating a litter clean up in Chapel Hill, contact Sammy Bauer at sbauer@townofchapelhillorg or 919-969-RAIN (7246).

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