Get in on New Bern's trash trap clean-out

Environmental, Litter-Free Rivers, Neuse River Watershed, Sound Rivers, Volunteer

Posted on June 21st, 2023

After this week’s forecasted rain, New Bern’s trash trap will be ready for action, according to Sound Rivers’ Volunteer Coordinator Emily Fritz.  

“Because of the weather today, the trash trap cleanout had to be postponed,” Emily said. “After all the rain in the forecast in these upcoming days, the trash trap will need a big clean out.”

Emily stopped by the trap’s location on Duffyfield Canal on Wednesday to check how much trash it had captured so far. The trap is one of three currently located in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico watersheds — the other two are on Jack’s Creek in Washington and Little Rock Creek, on the grounds of the Walnut Creek Wetland Center in Raleigh. Another two traps are currently in the works for Adkin Branch in Kinston and a yet-to-be-selected location in Greenville, and the City of Raleigh has expressed interest in adding more traps to waterways in the city.

Volunteers have been instrumental in keeping the trash traps clean, according to Emily, and she’s always looking for more volunteers. If you’d like to volunteer with Sound Rivers’ Litter-Free Rivers program, and help clean out trash traps, email Emily today at

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