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More than 5 million pounds of litter collected this year

Collections from this year’s N.C. Department of Transportation Spring Litter Sweep totaled more than 1.4 million pounds, far surpassing the record of 939,000 pounds set in 2019. In total, N.C. Department of Transportation crews, contractors and volunteers have collected 5.3 million pounds of roadside litter this year. 

“The people of North Carolina have come together like never before to keep our state clean,” said state Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette. “I thank each and every volunteer that helped us reach this extraordinary goal. We had a great effort during the Spring Litter Sweep, and I hope to see even more out there for the Fall Litter Sweep.” 

The Fall Litter Sweep is scheduled for Sept. 11-25. Plan to participate, and in the meantime reduce roadside litter by securing loads before driving, holding onto trash for proper disposal and recycling when possible. 

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