Preparations are underway by the N.C. Department of Transportation for its statewide Fall Litter Sweep taking place Sept. 20 – Oct. 4, 2014. Many groups participate in each Litter Sweep, the department’s biannual statewide roadside litter cleanup, including Adopt-A-Highway groups, NCDOT maintenance crews, Department of Public Safety inmate crews, community service workers and other statewide volunteers.
“The success of Litter Sweep is based upon the volunteers participating statewide,” said Transportation Secretary Tony Tata. “I thank all the volunteer participants in donating their time to remove litter from the state’s roadsides. All of us promote litter prevention by securing loads and not disposing of unwanted trash on our roadways.”
Cleanup supplies, such as orange bags, gloves and safety vests for volunteers participating in Litter Sweep can be obtained through local NCDOT county maintenance offices. Once the Fall Litter Sweep concludes, NCDOT employees will collect all trash bags left on the roadsides by volunteer groups participating in the cleanup. Participants are reminded to follow safety guidelines, which may be viewed online.
The NC State Highway Patrol will be policing the roadways for unsecured loads and littering. Littering is unlawful and a fineable offense with fines up to $2,000 upon conviction; penalties can also include a point on the offender’s driver license and hours of community service.
For more information on litter prevention, call 1-800-331-5864 or visit www.ncdot.gov/~beautification.