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More than 10 Million Pounds of Roadside Litter Collected This Year


​RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s crews, contractors and volunteers have collected more than 10 million pounds of litter from roadsides, nearly breaking the state’s record for litter collection set in 2019.   

This announcement comes on the heels of the two-week Fall Litter Sweep, which saw more than 418,000 pounds of roadside litter picked up statewide. 

Much of the state's success is owed, in part, to the 4337 Adopt-A-Highway groups and the 665 miles of roadside sponsored by private companies. The department is always looking for more volunteer groups. Interested participants should visit to see how they can get involved. 

NCDOT officials estimate that the agency and its partners will break the 2019 record of 10.5 million pounds collected within a month. 

If you spot someone littering from a vehicle, report them with NCDOT’s Swat-A-Litterbug app by downloading the app at  

Litter is unsightly, costs millions of dollars to clean up and can hurt the environment, tourism and the state’s quality of life. Everyone can do their part to prevent roadside litter by following these tips: 

  • Always secure your load 
  • Clear truck beds of any and all trash and debris before driving 
  • Never toss garbage from a vehicle 


9/30/2021 10:07 AM