Wake Forest, NC: “Show Some Love” by Picking Up Litter along Streets and Roadways

Show Some Love campaign to Keep Wake Forest Clean. Source: Town of Wake Forest, North Carolina
Show Some Love campaign to Keep Wake Forest Clean. Source: Town of Wake Forest, North Carolina

The Town of Wake Forest is inviting individuals and families to join the “Show Some Love, #KeepWFclean” campaign by picking up trash in their neighborhoods and along local streets and roadways. Designed to encourage maximum public participation, the initiative allows volunteers to pick up litter on a one-time or ongoing basis. Participants may also choose the area they wish to clean, or request direction to high-need areas around town.

To aid the effort, volunteers may reserve one or more litter kits at no charge by completing the online form at www.wakeforestnc.gov/keep-wf-clean. Each litter kit includes reflective vests, gloves, buckets, grabbers, trash bags, data collection sheets, hand sanitizer, and litter education materials. A special thanks to B&W Hardware for donating the litter kits.

Once reserved, litter kits may be picked up at the Public Works Operations Center (234 Friendship Chapel Road, Wake Forest, North Carolina), Monday-Friday, 7am-3:30pm, and must be returned within one week, unless otherwise requested.

Due to COVID-19 and out of concern for public safety, the Town is currently limiting participation in the roadside cleanup program to individuals and families. Once state restrictions are lifted, the invitation to participate will be extended to schools, churches, civic groups and community organizations. For more information, contact Sustainability Coordinator Jeanette Johnson at 919.435.9585 or email.

The Town of Wake Forest recently launched the “Show Some Love, #KeepWFclean” anti-littering campaign as a public-private initiative aimed at eliminating unsightly trash along roadways, in neighborhoods and in other parts of our community. Focusing on education, awareness and enforcement, the effort encourages residents, businesses, neighborhoods and community organizations to take action to ensure that litter finds its rightful place. The campaign emphasizes that litter is not only ugly, it is also a costly problem that can be only be addressed with behavioral changes at the community and individual levels.

The “Show Some Love” campaign features a logo and hashtag (#KeepWFclean) being used in a range of promotional materials and Public Service Announcements (PSAs). A variety of campaign initiatives are being developed and will be announced over the next several weeks. In the meantime, residents are strongly encouraged to do their part to eliminate litter by putting trash in its proper place. And, if you see a friend or family member litter, politely tell them that trash only goes in a recycling bin or trash can.

For more information, including opportunities to join the fight against litter, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/keep-wf-clean.


Source: Bill Crabtree, Town of Wake Forest

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