Kemp Burdette of Cape Fear River Watch and Ann Colley of the Moore Charitable Foundation write that there’s an overlooked connection in our own backyards that funnels plastics toward major bodies of water and eventually the world’s oceans.
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.