Millions of pounds of litter collected along N.C. highways

Posted December 22, 2008 11:07 a.m. EST

— Participants in the state Department of Transportation’s 2008 litter sweeps removed more than 4.4 million pounds of litter from North Carolina roadways, officials said Monday.

DOT crews, Department of Correction inmate squads, individuals in the Community Service Work Program, Adopt-A-Highway groups and volunteers from garden clubs, civic groups and other community organizations collected more than 297,000 bags filled with litter  during the spring and fall sweeps.

The state Highway Patrol also participated during both two-week litter sweeps by concentrating its efforts on citing motorists for littering or failing to secure their loads. Troopers issued more than 250 citations during the 2008 sweeps.

Litter sweeps are statewide, biannual roadside cleanups normally held the last two weeks of April and September. The 2009 litter sweeps are scheduled for April 18 through May 2 and Sept. 19 through Oct. 3.