Litter Sweep Days & Waste Reduction Initiatives in Hendersonville

The City of Hendersonville and Henderson County in partnership with N.C. Department of Transportation are organizing Litter Sweep Days September 16th-30th and a litter clean up event Sunday, September 24th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. along Berkley Road. Litter Sweep Days encourages community members to take action in reducing roadside litter while learning about waste reduction. Learn more about what initiatives you can get involved in:

Litter sweep

Litter Sweep Days - September 16th-30th

Participants can volunteer to pick up trash during NCDOT's Fall Litter Sweep September 16th-30th. Participants should coordinate with NCDOT for litter pick up supplies, location, and trash pick up. Visit for more information.

After participating in the litter sweep, fill out this participation survey to report yourself or group: The individual or group that picks up the most bags of trash will be recognized at a future City Council and Board of Commissioners meeting as a Litter Sweep Warrior.

Litter Pick Up Event - September 24th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The City of Hendersonville and Henderson County will be organizing a separate event for members to pick up litter along Berkley Road.

 Registration is required to attend the event. Contact Sustainability Manager, Caitlyn Gendusa at (828) 712-4464 or to sign up for the clean up event. Details will be provided upon registration. All clean up supplies and safety gear will be provided for volunteers. Snacks and water will be provided and participants are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottle.

Waste Reduction Tips

Throughout the two weeks, we will also be posting tips to reduce your own waste throughout your home. Interested in getting involved? Join your friends, neighbors, and others to reduce litter, learn about waste reduction, and make Hendersonville an even better place to live! 

Sustainability Strategic Plan

Drone photo of Hendersonville and ev charger, waterfall, solar panel and greenway

The Sustainability Division was created in 2023 under the Public Works Department to strengthen the City of Hendersonville’s commitment to sustainability. The division is also responsible for incorporating City Council’s goals and City Resolutions pertaining to sustainability within the organization. Our sustainability efforts are divided into five key focus areas: energy, transportation, waste management, water, and land management. These efforts are aimed at reducing our overall impact on the environment while strengthening our communities, especially those underserved to ensure we have a prosperous future now, and for generations to come.

 As stated in Resolution R-21-53, the City Council recognizes the following core values and beliefs related to sustainability that should be upheld:

  • The City will evaluate the environmental sustainability of all projects and programs while maintaining a solid relationship with residential and business development;
  • The City believes that it is our responsibility to protect all our natural resources and the environment through the implementation of sustainable and responsible projects;
  • The City must lead by example by evaluating all city operations to ensure they protect or repair the natural environment and are environmentally sustainable; and
  • The City will prioritize the protection of existing tree canopy and the development of greenspaces and parks.

As part of this new program, a Sustainability Strategic Plan is under works to set priorities and measurable goals for the City's sustainability initiatives.

Visit the Sustainability Strategic Plan page for more information.

What does "sustainability" mean?

The meaning can vary across different fields and disciplines with three constant principals: economic viability, environmental protection, and social equity. For the City of Hendersonvillle, we must have smart growth that is both economically sound while respecting our environment for the collective community.

How can I get involved?

There are many ways to get involved in Hendersonville's sustainability efforts. Listen in and engage with our Environmental Sustainability Board or Tree Board. Volunteer at our Oklawaha Trail Pollinator bed. Encourage your neighbor to sign up for the City's recycling service and take advantage of the County's free compost drop off service. For more ways to get involved, visit the links on the sustainability homepage.

Sustainability News

The City of Hendersonville is a member of the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network (SSDN).  SSDN is a network of local governments working together to create clean and healthy communities throughout our region.

City Operations Center
305 Williams St.
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Caitlyn Gendusa
Public Works Superintendent - Sustainability
(828) 697-7074

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