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2021 Litter Report

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Despite the ongoing efforts of N.C. Department of Transportation crews, contractors and volunteers, litter remains a serious and costly problem in our state. 

Millions of dollars are spent each year by the NCDOT on litter management, funds that could be used to fix potholes, build bridges and improve our transportation system.

The below chart breaks down 2021’s litter collection and cost-to-date by highway division.​

​​​​​​Division
​Pounds of Litter Collected
​​Total Cost-to-Date
​Division 1 (Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties​)
​439,260
​$1​,253,782.65
​Division 2 (Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Pamlico and Pitt counties)
​167,220
​​$538,421.56
​​Division 3 (Brunswick, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender and Sampson counties)
​692,415
​$865,267.13
​​​​​Division 4 (Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Wayne and Wilson counties)
​​813,660
​$950,098.27
​​Division 5 (Durham, Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren counties)
​1,468,​170
​​$1,585,675.36
​​Division 6 (Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Harnett and Robeson counties)
​1,269,645
​$616,729.97
​Division 7 (Alamance, Caswell, Guil​ford, Orange and Rockingham counties)
​464,100
​$1,071,831.52​
​Division ​8 (Chatham, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond and Scotland counties)
​425,520
​​$661,339.80
​Division 9 (Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Rowan and Stokes counties)
​​1,305,270
​$672,783.11
​​​​Division ​10 (Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Stanly and Union counties)
​​1,256,265
​​$1,689,599.62
​Division 11 (Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties)
​​422,940
​​$617,091.12
​Division 12 (Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties)
​​349,050
​​$632,614.55
​Division ​13 (Buncombe, Burke, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford and Yancey counties)
​​682,965
​​$1,327,969.56
​​Division 14 (Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Polk, Swain and Transylvania counties)
​​403,635
​​$750,386.10
​​​Totals:
​​10,160,115
​​$13,233,590.32​

​How You Can Help

Picking up and preventing litter requires everyone’s help.

The N.C. Department of Transportation offers the following opportunities for the public to get involved:


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10/1/2021 3:27 PM