Registration has begun for Vance County cleanup

Mar. 25, 2013 @ 06:29 PM

Henderson area residents should start organizing now for the fifth annual Henderson-Vance Spring Litter Sweep week that starts April 15, said event organizer Terri Hedrick.

Hedrick said signing up groups from schools, churches and from programs like Adopt-A-Highway, Neighborhood Watch, volunteer fire departments and other civic organizations should start now so more people can plan on overwhelming last year’s numbers of about 300 organized participants.

“This is our fifth year we’re doing this,” Hedrick said. “We have typically had several hundred come to us, wanting to help.”

Having more volunteers out would help with an added mission that is new this year: recycling. Hedrick said groups and individuals getting trash bags this year will notice some are labeled for recycling, and instructions will be available for bagging separately recyclable materials.

“This is the first year we have attempted to use separately labeled bags for recycling,” Hedrick said.

Hedrick hopes areas where people live will be done in advance of the major push April 15-20, allowing more areas to be cleaned.

Hedrick said that city and county gear includes gloves and large orange trash bags, plus bright-colored vests that should be used by several in a typical group if they’re working along roadways or other traffic areas.

The Vance County Appearance Commission and the Henderson Community Appearance Commission are co-sponsors of the spring litter sweep week, which is part of the N.C. Spring Litter Sweep that runs April 13-27.

“We need everyone in the community to pitch in in some way,” Hedrick said. “We have a list of roadside areas where the need is greatest.”

Hedrick added the focus of the week is to get as much community participation as possible to clean up blighted areas in the city and county.

Materials will be on hand starting April 10 at the Vance County Schools’ Administrative Services Center on Graham Avenue, the City Operations Center on Beckford Drive and at Perry Memorial Library on Breckenridge Street, all in Henderson.

At 8 a.m., April 20, a Saturday wrap-up is planned. Volunteers can pick up supplies outdoors in the parking lot of the City Operations Center.

Also, old electronics items will be collected there for recycling.

Spring Litter Sweep Week volunteers will receive tickets for a hot dog lunch that starts at 11 a.m., April 20, again at the City Operations Center.

The Wisdom for Life Ministry of Jason Brown, a former NFL football player who grew up in Vance County, is sponsoring lunch.

The roadside trash bags will be gathered by city workers in Henderson and DOT crews working on the following Monday.

Hedrick said anyone interested in volunteering can contact her at (252) 492-2127, extension 2100, or by email at thedrick@vcs.k12.nc.us.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.