Friday, September 30, 2011

Big Sweep 2011

From: Judi Lloyd  Please reply directly to:   NOT TO THIS EMAIL
 Big Sweep this Saturday!

Let’s Keep New Bern Clean

Everyone that I’ve met in the 2 ½ years of living in New Bern seems to love it here and is extremely proud of our fair little city in the “inner banks”.  We enjoy having family, friends and tourists visit New Bern and remark what a wonderful place it is.  So, we have to do something about the trash on the sides of our roadways!

Craven County Clean Sweep sponsors 3 annual clean up events, on the first Saturdays of February, May and October to help keep New Bern streets and waterways free of litter.  The upcoming one is for October 1st, but if that day is not convenient, you can choose another day that fits your schedule!

You can walk along the streets in your own neighborhood; use your boat to clean up the waterway of your choice; meet with others at Lawson Creek Park on that Saturday at 9AM to be assigned a spot or pick any other “trashy” area that’s been bothering you.  The amount of time you spend on this is totally up to you – it can be 15 minutes or a few hours.
The Craven County Extension Office will supply the bags, which when full, you just leave on the side of the road for them to pick up.  Call 633-1477.

And, YES, cigarette butts are trash; they are not biodegradable (unless unfiltered).  Really, Just look along the streets!  Please do not throw your butts out of the car window; that’s what your car ashtray is for. 

Also, the Coastal Environmental Partnership will sponsor a Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection Event on Saturday, October 15th at Craven Community College in New Bern from 8:00AM to 1:00PM. There will be signs directing you to parking lot E near Orringer Auditorium.  Accepted materials are: all paints, used motor oil, fertilizers and pesticides, gasoline, cooking oil, batteries, paint thinners, drain openers, anti-freeze and household electronics ( cell phones, TVs, printers, computers, etc.).  In most cases, you won’t even have to get out of your vehicle to dispose of your items to be recycled.

If you need more info on this you can call Bobbi Waters at 633-1564 or e-mail her at
There is now a permanent electronics recycling place, sponsored through Craven County, at the Tuscarora (Cove City) solid waste facility.  Computers and TV’s are the main items that they want as they are now banned from the landfill.  The hours are 7:30 – 4:30 M-F and 7:30 – 2:00 Saturdays.  There is no charge for this service.  The POD is located across from the scale house.

So, there is no reason for New Bern to not keep a neat appearance with all this help from its loving citizens.  Let’s all make an effort to pitch in this month!

Home Electronics Disposal