Girl Scout Troop 40109, chartered by Ardmore United Methodist Church, claimed the top prize of $250 for entering the bottom half of a mannequin in Keep North Carolina Beautiful’s Unusual Litter Contest. Entries were from participants who picked up litter during the Great American Cleanup and the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Litter Sweep.
The girls in Troop 40109 were among the more than 3,200 people who volunteered to clean up local waterways, roadways, parks and schools in Forsyth County during Big Sweep in October. Big Sweep, coordinated by Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful, was part of NCDOT’s fall Litter Sweep.
The Unusual Litter Contest is sponsored by PepsiCo. Winning entries are awarded cash prizes of $250 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place and $50 for 3rd place for taking a picture of their unusual litter and emailing it to Keep North Carolina Beautiful.
Second place went to Cub Scout Pack 318 in Raleigh for picking up a canoe paddle in perfect condition. Third place went to Girl Scout Troop 799 in Huntersville for picking up a toilet seat.
Darren Clark, the director of government affairs for PepsiCo, said Pepsi sponsors the contest to promote recycling and proper waste disposal. “We see this contest as a great way to salute North Carolina citizens who are cleaning up littered roadsides and improving our community environments.”