Editor’s note: Due to Hurricane Florence this event has been cancelled.
The annual fall litter sweep for the town of Hope Mills is scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 22.
The town is seeking volunteers to fan out from Town Hall on Rockfish Road and either pick up roadside trash in their own neighborhoods, or if they prefer, visit a location identified by the town as an area in need of a good cleanup.
The parks and recreation department previously handled the event, but Beth Brown and the storm water department now oversee it.
Brown said volunteers of all ages are welcome to come out and take part in the sweep. Younger children are welcome to assist, but they need to be accompanied by an adult.
All volunteers need to come to Town Hall the day of the sweep at 8 a.m. and sign up and pick up some items they’ll need to take part.
Among the things the town will provide are reflective vests, trash bags, devices to pick up the trash with and gloves. Water will also be provided to the volunteers.
Once each person has finished collecting trash, the bags can either be left in the area where they were collected for roadside trash pickup or brought back to Town Hall.
Brown added that the emphasis is on gathering roadside trash and that volunteers shouldn’t wander off into wooded areas and definitely need to avoid going near a waterway.
In addition to the litter sweep, the town will hold a shredding event on Saturday, also at Town Hall.
Town residents can bring all types of personal documents to be shredded.
The documents will not be shredded on-site, Brown said. They will have bins for people to bring their material to shred, which can include CD’s.
Folks can bag or box their documents to bring them down and deposit them in the collection bins, Brown said.
If anyone has questions about either the litter sweep or the shredding event, they can contact Brown or Tyler Riddle at 910-429-3516 or 910-429-3517.