Spring Cleaning in North Carolina Kicks Off With Statewide Highway Litter Sweep

More than 5,000 Adopt-A-Highway groups removed close to one million pounds of litter from nearly 10,000 miles of North Carolina roadways last year

Spring Cleaning in North Carolina Kicks Off With Statewide Highway Litter Sweep
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April 9, 2018

Groups of volunteers from across North Carolina are donning safety vests and gloves as they prepare for some spring cleaning—outside. The NC Department of Transportation's (NCDOT) Adopt-A-Highway program kicks off its two-week Spring Litter Sweep on April 14, 2018.

Sign up to help!

It's not too late to sign up for the upcoming cleanup drive. Interested groups can contact the Litter Sweep Hotline at (800) 331-5864.

Volunteers from local businesses, schools, non-profits, and community groups work alongside NCDOT to help keep North Carolina's roadways clean throughout the year. Groups are encouraged to participate in the biannual litter sweeps which take place in the spring and fall, helping to increase cleanup statewide and motivate the community to be good stewards of the environment.

One Million Pounds of Litter

In 2017, nearly 5,000 Adopt-A-Highway groups removed close to one million pounds of litter from almost 10,000 miles of state roadways.

"We want to thank the thousands of volunteers who give up their time every year to help make sure our state is a beautiful and safe place to work, live and visit," says David Harris, Roadside Environmental Engineer. "We couldn't do this without all of them."

NC Adopt-A-Highway Program

Now in its 30th year, the Adopt-A-Highway Program helps decrease the amount of litter on the state's roadsides and improves environmental beauty, quality, and safety. Roadsides are available for adoption in all 100 North Carolina counties. Groups commit to cleaning their designated roadways at least four times a year and NCDOT provides them with safety vests, gloves, and bags.

Sponsor-A-Highway Initiative

Additionally, businesses, individuals, and other organizations can also participate in the state's Sponsor-A-Highway initiative. In return for cleaning a one-mile stretch of interstate highway, sponsors have their organization's name or logo attached to the Sponsor-A-Highway sign.

Get More Info

Find out more about the Adopt-A-Highway and Sponsor-A-Highway programs on NCDOT's website, or contact Kim Wheeless at (919) 707-2974.