Due to Hurricane Florence, Guilford County and the City of Greensboro have been under a state of emergency since noon today. While the calculated path of Florence has shifted somewhat, and will significantly change the impact felt in our area, there will still be heavy rain, the possibility of damaging winds, and residents have been encouraged to stay off the roadways during the impact and post-impact timeframes of the storm if reasonably possible, to limit travel as to not interfere with the efforts of emergency responders and repair crews.
For this reason, and our utmost concern for the safety of our volunteers, plans for Big Sweep have changed. The cleanup will not take place this Saturday, September 15, as planned. Our alternative plan is as follows:
1. Cleanup volunteers and groups may select another day and time for their cleanup to take place. We ask that all cleanups be completed by September 30.
2. Greensboro Beautiful will still provide cleanup supplies – bags, gloves, safety vests, etc.
3. Collected trash will be disposed of by volunteers and groups with their household trash. In some cases, Greensboro Beautiful can arrange to have bags and over-sized items collected.
4. Following the cleanups, participating groups will report # of volunteers, duration of cleanup, # of bags collected, and (if possible) an approximate weight of the total amount collected.

We realize that this change in plans for the event might affect participation. However, we hope that volunteer groups will still reschedule their cleanups after the storm has passed.
For more information, contact Greensboro Beautiful at

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