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NCDOT Collects 2M Pounds of Litter This Year

NCDOT and partners have removed 2.15 million pounds of litter since Jan. 1. Photo: NCDOT

Since Jan. 1, North Carolina Department of Transportation crews, contractors and volunteers have collected more than 2 million pounds of litter from roadsides.

North Carolinians can join in the effort to roads clean by volunteering for NCDOT’s Spring Litter Sweep from April 10-24.

“NCDOT and our partners have been working tirelessly over the past three months to remove litter from roadsides,” state Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette said in a statement. “But there’s a lot more work to do and we could certainly use help from citizens who can do their part by disposing of trash properly or volunteering during our upcoming Spring Litter Sweep.”

The agency and partners have removed 2.15 million pounds of litter. Of that, 976 thousand pounds of litter have been removed from roadsides since March 1.

NCDOT’s litter management programs include the Sponsor-A-Highway Program that allows businesses, organizations and individuals to sponsor litter removal along roadsides.

NCDOT has partnered with 120,000 participants in the Adopt-A-Highway Program, where volunteers pledge to clean a section of our highways at least four times a year. There is no fee to be part of the program, but volunteer groups are asked to commit at least four years to a 2-mile stretch of roadway.

Everyone  can help keep state roadways clean by making sure trash is secured before driving. Unsecured trash can fly from a vehicle and end up as roadside litter. Other steps include keeping a litter bag in your vehicle so you can properly dispose of trash and recycling when possible.

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