The second installment of the 2022 North Carolina Department of Transportation’s biannual Litter Sweep is underway as of Sept. 10.
The Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro are participating in the sweep, and are encouraging their residents to participate in clearing roadside trash through Sept. 24. The initiative is part of a statewide waste disposal program to protect North Carolina’s watersheds from being polluted.
Community volunteers are supplied gloves, reversible trash bags and an orange safety vest required to be worn during the volunteer process.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services encouraged residents to use the bright orange trash bags for waste disposal or the reversible blue side for glass, metal and plastic recycling materials. Participants must dispose of the recyclables themselves.
The Litter Sweep has a spring and fall program, with the spring section happening in April. Like this coming fall installment, the program lasted for of two weeks.
During the final day of the fall program, Chapel Hill and Carrboro residents can participate in a joint clean-up of Highway 54 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Morgan Flynt, a UNC student and the volunteer coordinator for the Chapel Hill Stormwater Management Department, is heading this joint clean-up.
“I hope that this initiative will build community around doing litter cleanup and also get the word out that we do provide supplies if folks want to do litter cleanup later on if they find that they really enjoy participating in this one,” Flynt said.
Sammy Bauer, the community education coordinator for the Stormwater Management Department, said some of the major concerns of roadway pollution include dangerous runoff into the nearby Jordan Lake.