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4/30/2021 7:06:00 AM
Earth Day?
Sorry, Charlie--but partially secured isn't legally secured.  These folks were violating the law by not properly securing their loads.
Sorry, Charlie--but partially secured isn't legally secured.  These folks were violating the law by not properly securing their loads.

Wayne Howard

Put it under the heading 'better late than never.'  Lincolnton's celebration of Earth Day will happen next Saturday (May 8th) in the parking lot at Tractor Supply Company on N. Generals Blvd. in Lincolnton.  There'll be a medicine drop for old medicines and a shredding event--and that's about all.  

We do, however, have some good news to report: 

The North Carolina Dept. of Transportation says that as a part of its litter removal efforts,  the Spring Litter Sweep April 10-24 was a big success. Crews, contractors and volunteers have now collected more than 5 million pounds of litter from NC roadsides this year. 

During the Spring Litter Sweep, a record 1.4 million pounds of roadside trash was collected.  The previous Spring Litter Sweep record was set in 2019, when more than 939,000 pounds of litter was collected statewide.

“The people of North Carolina have come together like never before to keep our state clean,” said state Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette. “I thank each and every volunteer that helped us reach this extraordinary goal. We had a great effort during the Spring Litter Sweep, and I hope to see even more out there for the Fall Litter Sweep.” 

The Fall Litter Sweep is scheduled to run from Sept. 11-25.  

NCDOT reports that 5.3 million pounds of litter has been collected since Jan. 1st.  Good as it is that the trash has been collected, it would be even better if it were never left there in the first place.  

You can do your part and it’s easy.  First, don't toss litter on the highways--and if you are hauling trash or debris, make sure your load is secured as required by law.

You can also sign up for NCDOT's Swat-A-Litterbug program.  The web application allows you to report when you see someone toss litter from their vehicle.  

The litterbug will receive a formal notification letter from the NC State Highway Patrol informing them about their littering offense as well as the penalties for littering and a note urging them to keep North Carolina beautiful and clean.

North Carolinians can access the web app by visiting First time users will be given the option of adding a shortcut to their phone’s home screen or computer.

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