Why is litter pick up so important to our city? Each piece of street litter finds its way to our watershed and the litter created here in Columbia affects the environment around the world!
All storm drains on city, county, neighborhood and campus streets drain directly to local waterways. Any substance that goes into a storm drain goes directly into a local stream. Streams are everywhere if you live in Columbia; chances are you have one in your own backyard or live within minutes of a local waterway. The rain water from parking lots and surface streets is not treated at the local wastewater treatment plant. Citizens are needed to help collect and pick up trash and debris from our waterways to help keep our drinking water and local wildlife safe and healthy.
Hinkson Clean Sweep is a city-wide stream cleanup event where volunteers work together to clean area streams. The result is a healthier watershed and attractive community. Volunteers will be provided mesh and trash bags. Sites will be led with trained volunteers and supporting staff. Select the location appropriate for you, your family, organization or group. Everyone can participate! Handicapped accessible locations are available. This event is appropriate for individuals, and groups of all sizes and people of all ages and abilities.
These directions will lead you to clean sweep locations.
Please review this information prior to arriving at your site.
Individuals and groups will find themselves listed here under a site location.