NCDOT Close To Breaking Record For Litter Collection
More than 10 million pounds of litter has been collected from North Carolina roadsides this year, nearly breaking the state’s record set in 2019. According to a news release, the announcement comes after the two week Fall Litter Sweep, in which more than 418,000 lbs. of litter was picked up statewide. About 40% of the roadside litter was collected from Division 2, which includes Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Pamlico and Pitt counties. Officials say the agency and it’s partners will break the 2019 record of 10.5 million pounds within one month. NCDOT Division 2 engineer Preston Hunter said in a release, "while this is a major milestone, it’s unfortunate that the state’s roadsides have been used as trash cans."