Big Sweep

Big Sweep 2013 was awesome!

Thanks to the hard work of 648 volunteers, a staggering 6,640 pounds of trash from 24.57 miles of waterways, 22.48 miles of roads and 623 acres of parks and other public areas.

A summary of the datacards is here.

Thanks to everyone who made this event a huge success.  Hope to see you for Big Sweep 2014!



In 1987, a great tradition in New Hanover County, and the state of North Carolina, was started.  Known then as “Beach Sweep,” it began with 1,000 volunteers along our coast, and quickly expanded to a statewide event now known as Big Sweep.

Since the inception of Big Sweep, more than 300,000 volunteers have retrieved over ten million pounds of debris from North Carolina’s waterways.  It is part of the International Coastal Cleanup that involves approximately 90 countries and 55 states and territories. For more information, visit or


New Hanover County Parks and Gardens
Keep New Hanover County Beautiful
NC Big Sweep
First Citizen’s Bank
What’s on Wilmington

Partnering Organizations:

Cape Fear River Watch
Pleasure Island Parrotheads
Island Women
Town of Kure Beach
Town of Carolina Beach
Town of Wrightsville Beach
City of Wilmington
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area
Carolina Beach State Park
North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve
Wilmington Chamber of Commerce


Big Sweep 2012:

THANK YOU to the 632 volunteers who cleaned over 5,500 pounds of trash from 41.3 miles of waterways, 3.5 miles of roads and 61 acres of parks and other public areas. One animal, a black skimmer, was found dead due to entanglement in fishing line.

All the data was tallied and you can view the results here.

The most unusual item? A car chassis, found in a park.  Check out the details.

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