04/11/04 — Litter Sweep cleanup to be held Saturday

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Litter Sweep cleanup to be held Saturday

By Barbara Arntsen
Published in News on April 11, 2004 2:02 AM

Less than a week remains before Wayne County residents will be out in force to pick up litter on city and county roads.

The biannual Litter Sweep is scheduled for Saturday, April 17, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. Individuals, corporations and businesses, civic clubs, churches, youth groups and other organizations are now registering to take part.

Litter Sweep volunteers will meet Saturday at the Wayne County Courthouse at 8 a.m. on the Ormond Street side. Safety vests, bags, pickup sticks and latex gloves will be distributed, and transportation will be provided to designated area. Groups also will have the option to pre-register and get supplies earlier.

Everyone will be transported back to the courthouse for a box lunch and a brief closing ceremony at 11:15 a.m.

Prizes will be awarded at the closing ceremony to participants with winning tickets. Several businesses have given a variety of prizes, which include toys and other merchandise.

The Firestone store on Berkeley Boulevard is giving free alignment, valued at $139, and two oil changes. Simonne Cato, director of Keep Wayne County Beautiful, said that Firestone had also agreed to accept used motor oil and automobile batteries from March to May for disposal. The offer is for individual consumers, not for businesses. The company will also accept scrap tires from organized cleanup days during that time.

Ms. Cato said that it was a way Firestone could demonstrate its commitment to sound environmental management and to keeping harmful products out of the environment.

The company is doing it, she said, "as a way to help Keep America Beautiful and to show their support for the Great American Cleanup."

The county commissioners have also declared Saturday as "Amnesty Day" at the county landfill on South Landfill Road. From 8 a.m. to until 4 p.m. that day, the county is waiving the normal tipping fees for all county residents. The offer, however, excludes commercial waste haulers.

This primarily benefits people who want to throw out wood, bricks, limbs, yard waste and construction debris, all of which the landfill typically accepts but with a fee. The landfill already accepts furniture, white goods and tires for free.

The landfill never accepts liquids or hazardous wastes, and Amnesty Day is no exception.

City roads scheduled to be cleaned during Litter Sweep include: North Center Street from Grantham Street to Swan Street; North George Street from Grantham Street to A Street; Central Heights Road from Berkeley Boulevard to New Hope Road; McClain Street from Central Heights Road to Oak Forest Road; Royall Avenue from William Street to Wayne Memorial Drive; Dixie Trail from Slocumb Street to John Street; Slocumb Street from Harris Street to the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base gate; Kornegay Street from Chestnut Street to Holly Street; Westbrook Road from Slocumb Street to Arrington Bridge Road, and the Royall Avenue railroad overpass from Frema Motors to Berkeley Boulevard.

County roads scheduled to be cleaned during Litter Sweep include: Capps Bridge Road from the Pikeville-Princeville Road to U.S. 70; Bridgers Road from the Johnston County Line to U.S. 70; Riverbend Road from U.S. 70 to North Carolina 581; Claridge Nursery Road from N.C. 581 to U.S. 70; Hinnant Road from Vail Road to Grand Street; Airport Road from Mount Carmel Church Road to U.S. 117; N.C. 111 from Daw Pate Road to U.S. 117 Business; Daw Pate Road from N.C. 111 to Stoney Creek Church Road; Tommy's Road from Wayne Memorial Drive to N.C. 111 North; New Hope Road from N.C. 111 North to Spence Avenue to U.S. 70; Eleventh Street from U.S. 117 Business to Wayne Memorial Drive; N.C. 581 from Claridge Nursery Road to U.S. 70; Rosewood Road from N.C. 581 to Friendly Drive; Manley Grove Church Road from the Johnston County Line to Rosewood Road; Lassiter Road from Old Smithfield Road to Ferry Bridge Road; Ferry Bridge Road from Old Smithfield Road to Stevens Mill Road; Black Jack Church Road from Stevens Mill Road to Old Grantham Road; Pecan Road from N.C. 581 to Old Mount Olive Highway; N.C. 581 from Pecan Road to Arrington Bridge Road; Casey Mill Road from N.C. 581 to Emmaus Church Road; South Landfill Road from Herring Road to Durham Lake Road; Mitchell Road from Pecan Road to Emmaus Church Road; Durham Lake Road from U.S. 13 to O'Berry Road; Herring Road from U.S. 113 to O'Berry Road; Club Knolls Road from Swinson Drive to Country Club Road; Shady Grove Road from Thunder Swamp Road to N.C. 55; Country Club Road from N.C. 55 to West Main Street; Eagles Nest Road from Sleepy Creek Road to Indian Springs Road; Gurley Dairy Road from North George Street to Fedelon Trail.

The Litter Sweep is a joint effort by Wayne County, the city of Goldsboro, the N.C. DOT, KWCB. For more information call 731-1435.