The N.C. Department of Transportation’s crews, contractors and volunteers have collected more than 11 million pounds of litter from roadsides since Jan. 1, totaling more than $15.8 million on litter collection efforts.

In 2019, NCDOT forces and volunteers set the previous record by collecting 10.5 million pounds of litter statewide.

NCDOT makes use of state-owned forces and contract services statewide, along with the Sponsor-A-Highway Program that allows businesses, organizations and individuals to sponsor litter removal along roadsides.

NCDOT has also partnered with the more than 120,000 participants in the Adopt-A-Highway Program, where volunteers pledge to clean a section of our highways at least four times a year.

Litter is unsightly, costs millions of dollars to clean up and can hurt the environment, tourism and the state’s quality of life.

If you spot someone littering from their vehicle, report them with NCDOT’s Swat-A-Litterbug app by downloading the app at