Help Clean up NC During Spring Litter Sweep

Help Clean up NC During Spring Litter Sweep
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April 23, 2014

Volunteers, maintenance crews, inmates and community service workers donning orange safety vests will take to the roads from Saturday, April 26 through Saturday, May 10 to participate in Litter Sweep, the NC Department of Transportation's (NCDOT) biannual cleanup drive.

NCDOT encourages all North Carolinians to get involved in this spring's Litter Sweep and help clean up more than 79,000 miles of state-maintained roadsides. The department provides all litter removal gear, including safety vests, gloves and bags. Anyone wanting to volunteer should contact their county NCDOT maintenance office in advance to obtain supplies.

NCDOT will deploy crews for litter pick-up in each county and NCDOT employees will be available to collect trash bags left on the roadsides by volunteer groups participating in the cleanup. Participants are reminded to warm up before picking up litter and to drink plenty of water during the cleanup event.

During Litter Sweep, the NC State Highway Patrol will be on the roads implementing their 'Litter Free NC' initiative by enforcing unsecured loads and other state litter laws. Motorists are encouraged to report incidents of littering by calling the NC State Highway Patrol number of *HP on their cells phones when it is safe to do so.

For more information, call toll-free 1-800-331-5864, or visit the Office of Beautification website and click on 'Litter Sweep.'