Raleigh – Hundreds of volunteers from across North Carolina are gearing up for some spring cleaning – outdoors. The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program kicks off its Spring Litter Sweep on April 16.
Volunteers from local businesses, schools, non-profits and community groups work with NCDOT to help keep North Carolina’s roadways clean throughout the year. Adopt-A-Highway groups are encouraged to participate in the biannual litter sweeps, which take place in the spring and fall and help increase cleanup and motivate the community to be good stewards of the environment.
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 North Carolina counties.
Adopt-A-Highway groups commit to cleaning their designated roadways at least four times a year. NCDOT provides all groups with safety vests, gloves and bags.
“We are proud of our volunteers,” says Don Lee, state roadside environmental engineer. “We appreciate their work in helping us keep North Carolina clean, green and beautiful.”
Visit the Adopt-A-Highway website for more information or to apply. Questions regarding the program or applications can be directed to Mike Causey at 919-707-2956 or Kim Wheeless 919-707-2974.