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.

“We certainly wish we didn’t have any litter anywhere in our division or across the state,” Division 14 Engineer Wanda Austin said. “We’re thankful for those who prevent and pickup litter to help keep our mountain roadsides clean and beautiful.”

More than 403,000 pounds of litter have been collected since Jan. 1 in Division 14, which covers the 10 westernmost counties in North Carolina. Much of Division 14’s success is owed, in part, to the 303 Adopt-A-Highway groups or the 13 miles of roadside sponsored by private companies in the division.

The department is always looking for more volunteer groups. Interested participants should visit ncdot.gov/DontTrashNC 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.

To report a litterbug with NCDOT’s Swat-A-Litterbug, download the Swat-A- Litterbug app at ncdot.gov/litter.