NC Highway Litter Sweeps April 16-30

Litter Sweep is held twice a year in NC. Photo: NC Department of Transportation.
Litter Sweep is held twice a year in NC. Photo: NC Department of Transportation.

Adopt-A-Highway Volunteers and NCDOT Promote Litter Sweep

Released by NC Dept. of Transportation

Hundreds of volunteers from across North Carolina are gearing up for some spring cleaning – outdoors. The NC Department of Transportation (NC DOT) is kicking off the Adopt-A-Highway program’s Spring Litter Sweep on April 16, 2016. The campaign continues through April 30, 2016.

Litter Sweep is the NCDOT statewide roadside litter removal initiative. Volunteers from local businesses, schools, non-profits, and community groups work with NC DOT to help keep the state’s roadways clean throughout the year. Volunteers are provided with supplies such as orange trash bags, gloves, and orange safety vests from their respective local NCDOT county maintenance office. Adopt-A-Highway groups are encouraged to participate in the bi-annual litter sweeps in the spring and fall, help increase clean-up, and motivate communities to be good stewards of the environment.

“We are proud of our volunteers,” says Don Lee, state roadside environmental engineer. “We appreciate their work in helping us keep NC clean, green and beautiful.”

The Adopt-A-Highway Program was established in 1988 to decrease the amount of litter on the state’s roadsides and improve environmental beauty and quality. Roadsides are available for adoption in all 100 NC counties. Adopt-A-Highway groups commit to cleaning their designated roadways at least four times a year.

During clean-up, volunteers or groups who find “unusual” litter may take a photo and submit it to enter the “Keep North Carolina Beautiful” (KNCB) campaign’s Unusual Litter Contest. More information may be found on the KNCB website.

Visit the Adopt-A-Highway website for more information. Groups may apply to adopt a section of highway online.

Questions regarding the program or applications can be directed to Mike Causey at 919.707.2956 or Kim Wheeless 919.707.2974.

The NC Department of Transportation Litter Sweep information, including Spring and Fall dates, is online.

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