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Posted on: April 9, 2021

City and County helping clean up litter

Mayor Joe Gibbons presents a litter resolution to Commissioner Donnie Potter, April 6, 2021

The City of Lenoir City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night supporting litter cleanup in Lenoir and supporting Caldwell County's first annual "Clean Caldwell Day."

Mayor Joe Gibbons presented the resolution to Caldwell County Commissioner Donnie Potter during the City Council meeting. City staff will pick up litter during the annual City of Lenoir Employee Spring Litter Sweep Day, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Staff have held litter pickup events during the spring and fall litter sweeps for the past few years.

"We want to encourage everyone in Lenoir and around the County to do their part in helping pick up litter during litter sweep and all year long," Mayor Gibbons said. "I want to thank the City employees who will be out picking up litter Wednesday, April 14, and I want to thank Commissioner Potter and the County for organizing the first Clean Caldwell Day. The more that we can bring attention to the issue and encourage residents to get involved, the better. Many hands make for light work.”

Mayor Gibbons and members of City Council plan to participate in the City litter pickup day. During the meeting, Commissioner Potter said he would like to help out on Wednesday, April 14, as well.

"I want to say thank you for having me, and I truly appreciate the support that the Mayor and Council has given us for the Clean Caldwell Day and Litter Sweep," Commissioner Potter said. "[Litter is] a serious problem not just in our county, but across the state of North Carolina. I do appreciate you for supporting this resolution, and we will do everything we can to keep this county clean."

NC Litter Sweep runs through Saturday April 24. Check out the information below on how to get involved. To participate in Caldwell County's first annual Clean Caldwell Day, visit the County website at https://bit.ly/2RjRUXr. Register and pick up supplies Saturday, April 17, at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute.

#LitterFreeLenoirNC   |   #CleanCaldwellNC

Resolution Encouraging Residents to Help Keep Lenoir & Caldwell County Litter-Free

WHEREAS, City of Lenoir residents are blessed to live in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina and the natural beauty of our land is a source of pride for residents and an attraction for tourists and new businesses; and

WHEREAS, littering is against the law and cleaning litter from North Carolina's roadsides costs taxpayers millions of dollars each year; and

WHEREAS, litter is more prevalent than ever along our roadways, and the state and volunteers have collected more than two million pounds of roadside litter in North Carolina since January 1, 2021; and

WHEREAS, seeing litter along our roads is embarrassing to our residents who love Lenoir and off-putting to citizens and new visitors; and 

WHEREAS, we can help keep Lenoir litter-free by teaching our children and other young people not to litter, covering truck and trailer beds when transporting trash, carrying and using a litter bag in our vehicle, and reporting litterbugs when we see them to the North Carolina Department of Transportation Swat-A-Litterbug program; and

WHEREAS, The North Carolina 2021 Spring Litter Sweep will take place April 10-24, 2021; and

WHEREAS, City of Lenoir staff, with the full support of City Council, will pick up litter in Lenoir Wednesday, April 14, 2021, during the annual City of Lenoir Employee Spring Litter Sweep Day; and

WHEREAS, the City of Lenoir supports Caldwell County’s first annual “A Clean Caldwell” Roadside Litter Pickup Day scheduled for April 17, 2021; 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, I, Mayor Joseph L. Gibbons, on behalf of the City of Lenoir City Council, encourage all residents, businesses, civic groups, churches, and schools, to help pick up litter in Lenoir and Caldwell County during the 2021 Spring Litter Sweep while following all roadside safety and state health safety guidelines; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the City of Lenoir City Council encourages all residents to take pride in our community and help keep Lenoir Litter-Free all year long.

This the 6th day of April 2021.

Joseph L. Gibbons, Mayor

Get Involved!

  1. Organize a group of friends and family.
  2. Pick a street.
  3. Call the local NCDOT for supplies - 828-726-2512. Let the NCDOT staff know when and where you are cleaning.
  4. Join the City and help clean up Lenoir and Caldwell County on April 14 (or any other time that works!).
  5. Share a pic on social media with the hashtags #LitterFreeLenoirNC & #CleanCaldwellNC.
Spring 2021 Litter Sweep graphic for instagram


Mayor Joe Gibbons presents a litter resolution to Commissioner Donnie Potter, April 6, 2021

Mayor Joe Gibbons, front left, presents a Resolution Encouraging Residents to Help Keep Lenoir & Caldwell County Litter-Free to Caldwell County Commissioner Donnie Potter, front right, during the City Council meeting held Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Downtown Lenoir. Pictured in back, Councilmen Ben Willis, Ralph Prestwood, Ike Perkins, and Jonathan Beal.

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