Polk County Big Sweep on Saturday

Published 3:15 pm Friday, October 9, 2009

Polk County is holding its annual Big Sweep clean-up this Saturday at two sites.

More than 140 volunteers came out last year to help clean eight miles of waterways and retrieve more than 2,900 pounds of trash.

Event organizer Mark Byington says he is hoping this year will be even more successful, and he asks residents to come out and help at the two separate sites.

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This year Polk County efforts will again include a section of the Green River and adjacent roadside, and a section of the Vaughn&squo;s Creek Greenway in Tryon.

Cleanups will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 12:30 p.m.

The Green River Cove cleanup volunteers will meet at the Fishtop Access parking area on Green River Cove Rd.

The Vaughn&squo;s Creek cleanup will focus on the site of a future Town of Tryon park, below the Lake Lanier dam.

Volunteers will meet at the Carolina First parking lot on Highway 176 in Tryon. Parking is also available across the street at the old Southern Mercerizing (current location of Architectural Warehouse).

If you have questions, call Byington at 828-979-7436.

The North Carolina Big Sweep is the North Carolina component of the International Coastal Cleanup. It is an event in which volunteers from all 100 counties in the state and approximately 90 countries worldwide come together to clean up our land and waterways.