Volunteers are needed this fall to help the North Carolina Department of Transportation collect litter from along the state’s roadsides during the 2023 Fall Litter Sweep planned for Sept. 16-30.
The biannual cleanup usually scheduled for the last two weeks of April and September is one of NCDOT’s roadside litter removal initiatives.
Officials are encouraging residents throughout the state to participate in efforts in their area to help clean up North Carolina’s roads. In addition to volunteers, NCDOT maintenance crews devote one week of their time to pick up litter and collect orange bags placed on the roadsides by volunteer pickups.
“North Carolina’s beauty spans from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Outer Banks and safeguarding its litter-free charm is a collective effort,” David Harris, the state’s Roadside Environmental engineer, said in a statement. “By participating in the Fall Litter Sweep, you are helping to ensure a clean and green North Carolina that we can all take pride in.”
Those interested in volunteering should contact the NCDOT litter program coordinator for their county to get started.
Volunteers are provided cleanup supplies, including trash bags, gloves and orange safety vests, from their county maintenance office.
If you find any unusual or interesting items during your litter cleanup, use the hashtag, #StrangeLitter on social media.