NC Communities Compete to Keep Land and Rivers Litter Free

Annual clean-up held in Nash/Edgecombe counties. Photo: City of Rocky Mount NC.
Annual clean-up held in Nash/Edgecombe counties. Photo: City of Rocky Mount NC.

By Tameka Kenan-Norman, City of Rocky Mount

Saturday, April 22, 2017, will mark the eighth-annual Riverkeeper Cup Cleanup Challenge. The challenge is among a series of cleanup efforts within the Twin Counties — Nash and Edgecombe counties, North Carolina — focused on land and river cleanups.

The annual Riverkeeper Cup Cleanup Challenge is a competition among volunteers in Rocky Mount, Louisburg, Tarboro, Greenville and Washington. The community that collects the most trash by weight will win the coveted Riverkeeper Cup.

Says Cornelia McGee, coordinator for Keep America Beautiful of Nash and Edgecombe counties:

“The Riverkeeper Cup Cleanup Challenge is not only a way to keep the Tar-Pamlico rivers clean, but it is also an opportunity for our volunteers to have some challenging fun for a purpose.”

Interested volunteers are asked to meet at the Battle Park boat ramp in Rocky Mount NC, or Shiloh landing in Tarboro NC, to receive cleanup supplies and assignments. The cleanup will be held from 8am to noon.

McGee reminds potential volunteers that roadside litter can make its way into storm drainage systems and into the waterways. Cleaning up this roadside litter will make roadways more attractive while also protecting a natural resource.

For more information on the Riverkeeper Cup Cleanup Challenge, contact McGee at 252.467.4960.

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