​The Big Spring Clean (Formerly Big Sweep)​

​Volunteer for The Big Spring Clean! Help improve local streams and lakes in Charlotte-Mecklenburg!  Each year, about 500 volunteers remove an average of 10 tons of trash! Volunteers have fun, make a big difference, and learn the importance of taking care of our local waterways. 

Our next Big Spring Clean event will be held on Saturday, March 28th. Registration will become live in January 2020. If you are looking to help at a cleanup in the meantime, we would love to have your help at our Second Saturday events or with one of our other volunteer programs.​

When:  Saturday, March 28, 2020​
Time:  9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Registration: Coming January 2020
Bring:  Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen 
Clothing:  Old clothes that can get wet and dirty.  Sturdy boots or shoes
Provided:  Trash bags, gloves, snacks, and water

All children 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Everyone under the age of 18 must have a guardian signed waiver.

Staffed Locations: Coming in 2020​


Deania Russo  
Mecklenburg County Senior Environmental Specialist​ 


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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Be part of the solution to water pollution! 
An enormous amount of trash gets into our streams and lakes from storm drains, flooded yards, and illegal dumping. Trash degrades recreation areas, harms wildlife, and looks terrible for our community. We need your help!   

What's it like to participate? 
Watch this videothat showcases the event and this videofrom The Big Spring Clean 2017!

From the early 1990s until 2015, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) hosted an annual one-day clean up event called Big Sweep. It was part of clean up events coordinated across NC by the nonprofit NC Big Sweep that dissolved in 2015. In 2016, CMSWS renamed the event The Big Spring Clean and has moved the event to take place in the spring.

Can't participate, but want to get involved? 
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