Smartphone app makes Wake County trash cleanup fun ::


Garbage cleanup in Wake County will be more fun and engaging than ever with a smartphone app, combined with upcoming community events.

To help encourage people to join the first public clean-up event since the pandemic, the app allows users to track the trash they pick up.

The easiest way to participate is to open your smartphone, download the Litterati app and register for the Clean Up Wake County Challenge using the code CLEANWAKE.

When you’re ready to pick up the trash, simply use the app to take a photo of each item you pick up. Litterati will process the photo using artificial intelligence and GPS data to track the types and locations of the trash you collect.

Wake County is building on the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s fall garbage sweep, which runs through September 25.

“With the weather starting to get colder, September is a great time of year to get out and beautify our region,” said Bianca Howard, solid waste marketing and outreach manager.

Staff will provide bags for picking up trash in your car, recycling guides in Wake County, and advice on securing loads to prevent parts from coming loose and ending up on the side of the road.

Dates and places:

Monday, September 20, 10 a.m. to noon
Convenience store 7
9029 Deponie Drive, Raleigh

Tuesday September 21, noon to 2 p.m.
Convenience store 8
2001 Durham Road, Wake Forest

Monday, September 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Convenience store 10
5216 Knightdale-Eagle Rock Road, Knightdale

Tuesday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to noon
Convenience store 11
5051, boulevard Wendell, Wendell

Hit the trails again at the 86it fall cleanup event

Want to meet up with other people passionate about cleaning the great outdoors in our department? Join other volunteers for the 86it Fall Cleanup Event from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 25 at the Neuse River Greenway entrance at 6602 Poole Road in Raleigh.

“This is our first community event in over a year and a half since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chelsea Arey, who leads the 86it waste cleanup program. “We’re so excited to finally be able to get back on the field and make a difference on our trails. “

To ensure officials have enough waste collection kits, volunteers should register in advance on their website.


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