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Lend a Hand to Beautify Carrollton’s Creeks and Waterways

Post Date:09/01/2021 3:52 PM

Removing trash and debris from the environment is a great way to stay active and help Carrollton’s creeks and waterways thrive.

The City is taking part in the North Texas Community Cleanup Challenge, a program of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) extending a friendly competition between member cities to find out which municipality’s residents can pick up the most litter, beginning Wednesday, September 1 through Sunday, October 31.

The goal is to remove the most trash and litter as possible from a designated environment and gain some bragging rights among neighboring communities. Each cleanup logged is connected to the community in which it took place. The City will provide trash bags, gloves, and some trash grabbers and remove the filled trash bags on the next business day following the cleanup.

To contribute to the challenge, Carrollton’s Environmental Services Department is looking for 50 volunteers to help remove trash and debris from one of the City’s local waterways on Saturday, September 25 from 7:30-11 a.m. Volunteers will also learn how to master wildflower crafts by creating a seed ball to plant in their yard or around the City. Seed balls protect the seeds until conditions are favorable for germination and give them a better chance to grow without being blown away in the wind or washed away in a rainstorm. Sign up before Sunday, September 19, registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Don’t want to wait? Start now. Individuals, families, and groups of up to 20 people are needed to remove trash and debris from creeks and surrounding areas. Churches, scout groups, companies, nonprofits, activists, and ordinary citizens are all welcome to participate.

To volunteer, visit, search for Carrollton, TX, and sign up for the Wildflower Seed Event or the Waterway Cleanup. Volunteering for a date-specific project requires a one-time registration process. A confirmation for the event will be sent to the volunteer and can easily be added to an online calendar. On the day of the event, show up and just serve. It’s that easy.

Interested in a longer commitment? Carrollton’s Adopt-A-Spot program is like the Waterway Cleanup project but with a longer commitment. The adopter agrees to a two-year commitment with at least quarterly litter cleanups in the adopted City location, including creeks, the Green Belt, parks, waterways, and other identified areas.

For more information, contact Carrollton Environmental Services at 972-466-3035 or email to arrange a time and location for cleanup. 

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