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Keep it clean! Henderson County nonprofit MountainTrue hosts its annual "Big Sweep" litter-removal day on Sept. 12.

Keep it clean! Henderson County nonprofit MountainTrue hosts its annual “Big Sweep” litter-removal day on Sept. 12.

Environmental nonprofit MountainTrue lets concerned citizens join the mission hands-on when it hosts its annual Henderson County Big Sweep on September 12. It’s a county-wide litter clean-up program that focuses on unclogging trash from the region’s beautiful waterways.

Begun in 1991, the event celebrates 25 years this go-round, with church and school groups, Scout troops, Adopt-a-Stream teams, and neighborhood associations all pitching in. Everyone’s invited: gather some friends and family and make your own team.

“In the past five years alone, MountainTrue Big Sweep volunteers have contributed over 1,400 hours removing almost 14,000 pounds of trash and recycling out of Henderson County streams,” according to Evan Parker, the nonprofit’s water-quality administrator. “This year, help us beat our record of removing more than 4,000 pounds of waste,” he urges.

For more information or to volunteer for Henderson County Big Sweep with MountainTrue’s Southern Regional Office, call (828) 692-0385, ext. 1001.

The Big Sweep, September 12 2015, 9am-3pm. www.mountaintrue.org.

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