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Fayetteville Beautiful volunteers to collect litter during Saturday cleanup


Volunteers are being sought for Fayetteville Beautiful, a citywide litter cleanup scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Volunteers should meet at the Cumberland County Courthouse, 117 Dick St., according to a city news release. Trash bags, gloves, water, snacks and T-shirts will be distributed.

Registration forms, rules and a photo gallery can be found on the Fayetteville Beautiful webpage.

Fayetteville Beautiful is held once every spring and fall. Volunteers collected 1.3 tons of litter last spring, the news release said.

The city’s “Put Waste in Its Place” campaign to reduce litter and other pollutants on streets and in stormwater systems is a reminder to residents and visitors of their role in keeping the city clean, according to the release.  

New anti-litter signs will be posted in communities where litter is a significant problem to remind residents about fines associated with littering, the release said.  

Fayetteville truly is a beautiful place, and your city leaders want to keep it that way,” Mayor Mitch Colvin said in the release. “The new signs should remind us of our common goal to have a clean city and a place where we all come together to do our part. If each of us continues to put waste in its place and makes a commitment to keeping Fayetteville beautiful, we can positively impact our streets and neighborhoods, making our home a place where we all want to live, work and play.” 

Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation crews regularly collect between 1.5 and 2 tons of litter each week, according to the release. Litter and pollutants blown into stormwater systems can block the flow of rainwater.

The city also encourages residents to participate in its recycling program to reduce waste.  

Other cleanup efforts include Five for Friday, through which volunteers pledge to collect at least five pieces of trash and recyclable items each Friday.

Community groups and individuals can sign up for Adopt-a-Street or Adopt-a-Site by committing to clean at least 2 miles of roadway or a green space for a year. Visit fcpr.us for an application and guidelines.

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