100 volunteers collect 400lbs of recycling, 500lbs of trash from Raleigh lake

Lake Johnson cleanup (Justin Quesinberry/CBS North Carolina)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Dozens of volunteers spent part of their Saturday cleaning up Lake Johnson in Raleigh.

Dolls, balls, cans and other trash were all bagged up at the Fourth Annual Canoes for a Cause. It’s the third time for the campaign at Lake Johnson.

One hundred people picked up litter by boat and by foot. The Wake Soil and Water Conservation District and River Guardian Foundation teamed up with Mims Distributing Company and Leinenkugel’s Brewing Company to host the clean up.

“Beer, obviously, water is a big part of it, so they want to make sure the water is clean, even though they don’t brew with this water, we still enjoy some time hanging out and like to have a trash-free environment,” said Jennifer Balik, brand development manager with Mims.

Volunteers collected 400 pounds of recycling and 500 pounds of trash, said Jeff Turner with MMI Public Relations.

After the litter pick-up, volunteers enjoyed beer and food.

Leinenkugel’s hosts similar events in cities around the country.

Saturday’s event was part of the Wake County Big Sweep – an effort celebrating 30 years this fall.

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