DURHAM --Thousand across the state geared up to keep the parks, beaches and watersheds clean. Among them, was 11-year-old Hope Labriola.
"We're here to just clean up the park and pick up all the trash," Labriola said.
Hope and her Girl Scout troop were among thousands of volunteers pledging to clean up the state. It's all part of the NC Big Sweep event.
"More people throw out trash than we can handle," Girl Scout Shannon Smith said. "If you keep doing that it's going to keep getting worse."
Last year's event cleaned up more than 385,000 lbs of debris and much of that didn't go to waste.
The girls spent the morning rolling away old tires and pick up trash and they even found a few skateboards and a purse. Officials said litter hurts more than just the environment, it also soils the economy.
"If a business is looking to move into an area, they aren't going to move into an area that's really trashy and has a lot of litter," organizer Jennifer Brooks said. "Also people don't want to live in an area where there's a lot of litter."
The Rockwood Park in Durham is now a cleaner place, all thanks to Hope and her friends just doing their part.
"All the nature is getting destroyed here because of our trash and I want to get it back to the way it was," Labriola said.
Organizers plan to have more cleanups throughout September and October. To get involved, visit Durham Big Sweep.