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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, the City of High Point does a big clean-up day with their organization, Keep High Point Beautiful.

The big spring clean-up day on Saturday, also known as “The Great American Cleanup”, is expected to include hundreds, possibly thousands of volunteers who will pick up trash for hours across the city.

“It just seems like such a simple thing [littering] that doesn't have to happen,” said Rebecca Coplin, executive director of Keep High Point Beautiful. “It's so easy to wait until you get somewhere, until you find a trash can.”

Coplin says the program targets streets, sidewalks and neighborhoods that are known places for littering. The program has a litter index scale -- where they rate areas on a scale of one to four, with four being a place that has a very serious littering problem. They are targeting many four-rated areas Saturday.

Coplin says this weekend’s clean-up initiative goes hand-in-hand with the city manager’s goal of beautifying High Point. Recently, leaders announced that one of the city’s goals is to target abandoned, vacant homes that cause eyesores for the community. Coplin says where there are unkempt buildings, there is litter.

“In general, with looking at the vacant homes, also generally when you have those vacant homes, you also have litter around those,” Coplin said.

This Saturday, volunteers are meeting at High Point Bank, across from Oak Hollow Mall. The event will last from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.