NCDOT’s Spring Litter Sweep Starts April 18

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The N.C. Department of Transportation‘s Spring Litter Sweep will take place April 18-May 2. Spring Litter Sweep volunteers will be wearing orange safety vests and filling up orange garbage bags with litter removed from North Carolina roadsides.

“I thank Gov. McCrory for proclaiming these two weeks as NCDOT’s 2015 Spring Litter Sweep, which plays an important role in keeping our roadsides clean and making North Carolina an attractive and environmentally conscious place to live, work and visit,” Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said. “I also thank our many staff members and volunteers for their efforts, and I remind everyone not to litter and to properly secure loads on their vehicles to help maintain the appearance of our highways throughout the state.”

Reaching from Murphy to Manteo, this Litter Sweep is being promoted by hundreds of volunteers and NCDOT is anticipating tens of thousands to take part in keeping North Carolina beautiful. These participants include The Department of Public Safety inmate crews, community service workers and civic organizations and adopt- a-highway groups.

NCDOT encourages all North Carolinians to get involved and help clean up litter along their local roadsides. Orange bags, gloves and safety vests will be provided through the local NCDOT maintenance office in each county. Volunteers are asked to contact their county NCDOT maintenance office in advance to obtain supplies.

During the Spring Litter Sweep, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol will monitor roadways for littering and unsecured loads, and will be issuing tickets accordingly.

NCDOT will have crews available for litter pick-up in each county and will collect 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 Most Unusual Litter Contest is sponsored by Keep North Carolina Beautiful.

Every volunteer will also receive a Certificate of Appreciation, if they complete and return the Certificate Request Form through the mail or faxing it to 1-919-715-2554.

More information is available online or by calling 1-800-331-5864.

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