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Sprucing Up: North Carolina's Fall Litter Sweep underway

Posted September 18
Updated September 19

— Folks are sprucing up the highways and byways of North Carolina.

The annual fall Litter Sweep campaign of the state Department of Transportation is getting underway this weekend and continues through Oct. 1.

Volunteers from Adopt-A-Highway groups, local businesses and civic organizations work together during the sweep to collect litter from the state's highways.

Last year, volunteers collected nearly 850,000 pounds of litter, enough to fill 60,000 trash bags.

Next month, after the campaign ends, the Department of Public Safety launches its "Litter Free NC" enforcement campaign cracking down on litterbugs.

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  • Aiden Audric Sep 19, 10:58 a.m.
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    If you see someone littering on the highway (unsecured debris blowing from truck bed, cigarette butts tossed out windows, etc.) make a note of their license plate, time and location.

    Google 'NC swat a litter bug' - there is a form you can fill out so the litterer gets a letter reminding them not to litter, along with some basic information.

    I work near a few high schools and have reported many "cigarette butts out window" incidents during lunch - not only are teenagers taught about littering, but I'm sure their parents get an opportunity to nip the habit(s) in the bud.