Big town-wide trash cleanup project set for fall

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The second annual Town-wide Cleanup Sweep to rid Mount Olive of roadside trash is set to begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 14.

Mount Olive town officials have teamed up with the University of Mount Olive in the clean-sweep initiative that netted 130 filled lawn bags of trash last year. University students volunteer their efforts in the partnership project with the town.

“This is a town-wide sweep,” said Town Manager Charles Brown.

Last year, members of the university’s cross country and track and field team participated. Brown said he is not sure which student volunteers will be involved in this year’s cleanup, but he’s confident the job will get done again.

“Last year, we had a large number of students that started at every entrance into town and worked back toward the university campus. It was amazing what they done,” Brown said.

He added that this is another classic example of the “wonderful relationship” between the town and the university.

The trash sweep is not the only project taken on by students from the university. He said they have also done a tremendous amount of work for the town’s recreation and parks department.

“This is something that goes on year-round, and there are no words to say how much these students do for the town,” Brown said.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation district office also assists in the trash sweep throughout town.

The town manager said DOT provides trash bags, vests for the participants, gloves, and other safety equipment.

The town bears the expense of feeding the hungry college students at the end of the day.

Last year, local businesses contributed pizza.

This year’s meal “will remain a surprise,” Brown said.

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