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Page last updated:  January 5, 2017

What is recycling? Why is it necessary? How do landfills work? These questions are answered in a Uses of Refuses presentation created by Susan Woodard of the Soil and Water Conservation District.

Note:  If you need community service or volunteer hours, please contact Susan Woodard at susan.woodard@johnstonnc.com or 919-934-7156, ext. 3. Thank you for your interest!

There are numerous volunteer opportunities throughout the year to help keep Johnston County beautiful. Listed below are some of these options.

The Governor's Spring Sweep

This Litter Sweep is an annual statewide roadside litter cleanup drive sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Governor. More information can be found on the Main Litter Sweep webpage.

International Coastal Cleanup

The International Coastal Cleanup is administered by the International Coastal Conservancy. Keep track of your trash pickup with the Clean Swell app.

Keep Johnston County Beautiful Campaign

Keep Johnston County Beautiful, Inc. is a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement and protection of the natural and historic resources in Johnston County. It was organized into a non-profit in 1978.

The Johnston County Historical Architecture Survey is now complete, the book has been published, and is now on sale at the Heritage Center for $40 including tax. All the files used for publishing the book are housed at the Heritage Center and can be viewed by the public upon request. For more information, see http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/johnston-county/article123281059.html.

Adopt-a-Highway Program

The North Carolina Department of Transportation established the Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program in 1988 in response to growing public concern regarding litter along the highways. The AAH program is a joint effort between community volunteers and the NCDOT.

Use the links below to learn more about how to support the AAH program:

Environmental Contests and Awards

There are several contests and awards at national, state, and county levels for individual and groups who are promoting awareness of recycling and environmental issues.

Environmental Contests for Students

The Johnston County Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors several poster and essay contests on environmental issues throughout the year for local students. These include a poster contest for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students; an essay contest for 5th and 6th grade students; and a PowerPoint contest for 6th grade students. The contest theme is based on an environmental topic that rotates each year.

Please contact Susan Woodard in the Soil and Water Conservation District at 919-934-7156 x3 for more information.

Use the links below for more information on county environmental contests and to view previous contest winners:

Community Environmental Recognitions

The Johnston County Soil and Water Conservation District recognizes local farmers every year for outstanding conservation efforts. Three awards are given:

  • Tree Farmer of the Year
  • River Friendly Farmer of the Year
  • Conservation Farm Family of the Year

Visit the Soil and Water Conservation website or contact Susan Woodard in the Soil and Water Conservation District at 919-934-7156 x3 for more information.

Relevant Links

For more information about recycling and going green, please see the links below:


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