The N.C. Department of Transportation is urging North Carolinians to turn their attention to local roadways with a two-week long litter-prevention celebration.
Litter Sweep is scheduled for Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 and encourages volunteers to clean up North Carolina roadsides, working toward a litterfree state. Volunteers were essential to the 2011 spring Litter Sweep, responsible for removing more than 1.6 million pounds of roadside litter.
“Volunteers provide a critical service by donating their time to make North Carolina a more beautiful place for everyone, and NCDOT commends them for the essential role they play in cleaning up our roadsides,” said Transportation Secretary Gene Conti.
Litter Sweep volunteers will be joined by NCDOT maintenance crews, Adopt-A-Highway groups, N.C. Department of Correction inmate crews and community service workers during fall Litter Sweep.
Additionally, the N.C. State Highway Patrol will be on alert and policing the roadways for motorists with unsecured loads and others that intentionally and unintentionally litter. Littering is an illegal offense. Upon conviction, the defendant can be fined up to $2,000, receive a point on their driver license and be sentenced to community service work. Fines can double upon a second conviction.
Interested Litter Sweep volunteers should contact their local NCDOT county maintenance office to obtain cleanup supplies. Children between the ages of 12 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are required to watch a safety video and wear safety gear. Everyone is reminded to warm up by stretching before picking up litter and to drink plenty of water during the cleanup.
The bi-annual Litter Sweeps are administered by the NCDOT Office of Beautification Programs. For more information, call 1-800-331-5864 or visit the Office of Beautification Programs website and click on “Litter Sweep.” Volunteers can also receive information and updates by following NCDOT on Twitter, visiting the department’s Facebook page or viewing videos about Litter Sweep on YouTube.