More Than 10 Million Pounds Of Roadside Litter Collected This Year

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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 


  1. People are getting worse behavior every year. Laws need to be more serious, especially if the act of litter is shown to be deliberate. If we continue to coddle such bad behavior, it will continue on the current path.

    • Sir, 100% agree. If someone is caught in the act of littering or it can be proven someone littered, the maximum fine should be given. That person should also have to pick up litter as a community service act. Maybe also a week or two of detention.

  2. People should just do the right thing use the trash can, there is no trash fairy going around and making it magically go away someone’s got to pick up the mess. And if it doesn’t get picked up it ends up in storm drains creeks rivers and eventually the ocean, think about the impact we have and use it to do the right things and not be lazy.

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