More Than 10 Million Pounds of Litter Collected

State nears annual record for collection

A crew removes litter from U.S. 23/74 in Haywood County.

SYLVA – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s crews, contractors and volunteers have collected more than 10 million pounds of litter from roadsides, nearly breaking the state’s record for litter collection set in 2019. This announcement comes on the heels of the two-week Fall Litter Sweep, which saw more than 418,000 pounds of roadside litter picked up statewide. 

“We certainly wish we didn’t have any litter anywhere in our division or across the state,” Division 14 Engineer Wanda Austin said. “We’re thankful for those who prevent and pickup litter to help keep our mountain roadsides clean and beautiful.”

More than 403,000 pounds of littler has been collected since Jan. 1 in Division 14, which covers the 10 westernmost counties in North Carolina. Much of Division 14’s success is owed, in part, to the 303 Adopt-A-Highway groups or the 13 miles of roadside sponsored by private companies in the division.

The department is always looking for more volunteer groups. Interested participants should visit ncdot.gov/DontTrashNC to see how they can get involved. NCDOT officials estimate that the agency and its partners will break the 2019 record of 10.5 million pounds collected within a month. If you spot someone littering from a vehicle, report them with NCDOT’s Swat-A-Litterbug app by downloading the app at ncdot.gov/litter

Litter is unsightly, costs millions of dollars to clean up and can hurt the environment, tourism and the state’s quality of life. Everyone can do their part to prevent roadside litter by following these tips:
•    Always secure your load
•    Clear truck beds of any and all trash and debris before driving
•    Never toss garbage from a vehicle

For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.
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