Volunteers who pick up litter along coastal NC roadways say plastic pollution is a growing part of the problem as the numbers of charges and convictions for littering dwindle.
NCDOT, which is hosting a Litter Sweep April 10-24, says it has collected more than 3 million pounds of litter from roadsides this year.
NCDOTs new Swat-A-Litterbug app allows users to report when they see other travelers toss trash from a vehicle.
NCDOT crews, contractors and volunteers have collected more than 2 million pounds of litter from roadsides since Jan. 1.
A recent study found that a 20% shift from consumption of small plastic bottles to larger plastic bottles could decrease U.S. plastic waste by 10,000 tons a year.
Those who want to help keep state roadways litter free can volunteer for the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Spring Litter Sweep April 10-24.