RALEIGH - Are you tired of seeing litter along N.C. roadsides? Do you cringe when you see someone throw trash out a car window? If so, then join the N.C. Department of Transportation's spring Litter Sweep to help fight litter in our state!
Litter Sweep is scheduled for April 14 to 28 and encourages volunteers to clean up North Carolina roadsides. Volunteers were essential to the 2011 fall Litter Sweep, responsible for removing more than 1.7 million pounds of roadside litter.
"The NCDOT spring Litter Sweep is a great time for North Carolinians to get involved in community beautification," said Transportation Secretary Gene Conti. "It's an event that allows us all to work together, taking pride in the beauty of our state's roadsides."
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 spring Litter Sweep.
Additionally, the N.C. State Highway Patrol will be on alert and policing roads 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. Volunteers are reminded that safety is always the number one priority when working on the roadside.
Litter Sweep participation does not stop with cleanup events; motorists are encouraged to participate in the NCDOT Swat-A-Litterbug program throughout the year, especially during the biannual Litter Sweep events. It's easy to promote clean roadsides by participating in this program -simply record the littering offense and report it to the Office of Beautification. Visit the Swat-A-Litterbug website for more information.
The bi-annual Litter Sweeps are administered by the NCDOT Office of Beautification. For more information, call 1-800-331-5864 or visit the Office of Beautification 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.