COLUMBUS PROUD – All Month Long beginning April 3rd. 

“Columbus Proud” Litter Awareness Month is jointly sponsored by the Discover Columbus Committee and the Town of Columbus. “Columbus Proud” is designed to raise awareness about litter while at the same time helping people in the community get their neighborhoods and public areas squared away after a long winter. This month-long event will begin on Saturday April 3rd.

Keep America Beautiful is celebrating the Great American Cleanup’s 23rd year in 2021, between March 20th to June 20th. Celebrating its 23rd year, the most recent Great American Cleanup created 15,000 opportunities for millions of volunteers to have remarkable results – picking up millions of pounds of litter, cleaning over 100,000 acres of public spaces, and tens of thousands of miles of roadways and shorelines.

Conserving Carolina, a non-profit conservation organization working to preserve water and land resources in Western North Carolina is also participating in the NC Litter Sweep program in the Town of Columbus during the month of April.

“Litter looks bad,” said Town Manager, Tim Barth. “If you’re jogging, riding a bike or walking, and you see litter, it just gives you a bad feeling. It’s just bad, not only for our community, but for our environment, as well.”

“Every weekend in April, there are clean ups going on throughout our Town.” We want to take pride in our Town. We want residents to be aware, as well as involved,” said Robert Williamson, Town Councilman. “We want residents to remember that keeping our community clean is a year-round activity. Let’s commit to making Columbus a clean, healthy and welcoming community.”

GFL Environmental Inc. located in Columbus is participating too. Their bright green containers are also being staged to collect and dispose of the bagged litter bagged as part of the Town’s Litter Awareness Month.

Who can be involved?

The Town of Columbus offers opportunities for families, church groups, clubs, schools, youth and adult organizations, businesses, and community individuals to collect litter and other debris along their neighborhood streets during the month of April. Having an active role in the environment shows pride and responsibility for our community as well as provides awareness for future generations.

What about supplies?

Interested volunteer groups and participants are asked to collect litter and other debris along their neighborhood streets during the month of April. Orange trash bags, safety vests, and gloves will be available to Columbus residents who wish to participate. These supplies will be available at the Town Hall in Columbus. Contact Daisy at Columbus Town Hall at 894-8236 ext. 1002.

Want more information?

See the latest information on our  Discover Columbus NC Facebook page. For any questions, please email Ernie Kan at ernielkan@yahoo.com.

“Your efforts of proper disposal methods and debris collection will help keep our community beautify.” Jimmi Buell, Discover Columbus. “Please help us keep Columbus clean. Be Columbus Proud.”

“Columbus Proud” Litter Awareness Month is jointly sponsored by the Discover Columbus Committee and the Town of Columbus.