Volunteers from Across NC Prepare for 2016 Spring Litter Sweep
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Volunteers from Across NC Prepare for 2016 Spring Litter Sweep

April 12, 2016

Hundreds of volunteers from across the state of North Carolina are gearing up for some spring cleaning—outdoors.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation's (NCDOT) Adopt-A-Highway program kicks off its annual Spring Litter Sweep on Saturday, April 16.

Volunteers from local businesses, schools, nonprofits and community groups from all parts of the state 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."