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Pick up the Tuckasegee

Like most other large events this year, the 36th annual Tuck River Cleanup slated for April 18 was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions, and now Western Carolina University has announced plans for a new, socially distanced version of what has long been one of the nation’s largest single-day trash pickup efforts. 

To participate, pick up trash at any outdoor location any time between now and Friday, Nov. 20. Take a selfie at the location with the trash collected, and stop by the front desk of the Campus Recreation Center to show the photo and receive a free T-shirt while supplies last. The desk is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is located at 379 Memorial Drive in Cullowhee. 

While picking up trash, be sure to follow pandemic-related health guidelines as well as trash pickup guidelines. Don’t touch needles or sharp objects, don’t lift heavy items, and always wear gloves and watch traffic. Transport trash to a proper receptacle — don’t leave bags on roadsides, parking lots or trails.

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