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County Encourages Residents to Join State-Wide Effort to Reduce Litter

Post Date:03/27/2013 1:00 PM
Durham, N.C. –Residents tired of litter in Durham County can now do more about it by cutting out unsightly waste during the annual North Carolina Department of Transportation's Spring Litter Sweep. This year Litter Sweep runs April 13 – April 27, 2013, throughout all of North Carolina.

Last year, volunteer groups and other participants removed millions of pounds of litter from North Carolina roadsides. The negative effects of litter include declining property values, reluctance of business relocation and investment and increased crime.

The Durham County Department of General Services strongly encourages churches, civic organizations, schools, businesses, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers and concerned citizens of Durham County to join others state-wide in organizing a cleanup team in this year's litter prevention effort.

In Durham County, it’s easy to partner with NCDOT for the Spring Litter Sweep by taking the following steps:

• Organize a volunteer group.

• Choose any state road to clean up.

• Contact the NCDOT maintenance office in Durham County at (919) 477-2814 to reserve cleaning supplies (i.e. safety vests, orange bags for trash and blue bags for recyclables).

• Designate a person to pick up needed cleaning supplies.

• During the cleanup activities, groups are encouraged to keep an eye out for unusual litter, take pictures of sightings, and enter the Unusual Litter contest to win up to $250.

• After cleanup: Leave orange bags on the roadside and call NCDOT for pick up. Provide number of bags and exact location for pick up.

• Take blue bags of recyclables to a local recycling drop off center.

• Request certificates of appreciation from NCDOT by visiting

For more information about participating in the 2013 Spring Litter Sweep, call the Durham County General Services Department at (919) 560-0433 or NCDOT at (800) 331-5864. Information about the Spring Litter Sweep is also available at
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