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N.C. poised to set litter collection record

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s crews, contractors and volunteers have collected more than 6 million pounds of litter from roadsides, more than the total weight collected during all of 2020. 

They are also on pace to exceed the record for litter collection set in 2019, which was 10.5 million pounds. 

Litter pickup is important, but Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette encourages North Carolinians to be proactive in their efforts as well. 

“Secure your load, don’t throw trash out the window and do your part to make sure others know this too,” he said. 

Members of the public can report people who litter from their vehicle on NCDOT’s Swat-A-Litterbug app, available at www.ncdot.gov/litter. The 2021 Fall Litter Sweep will be held between Sept. 11-25, offering an opportunity to clean up the state even more.

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