CHARLOTTE — The amount of roadside trash continues to rise in Mecklenburg County.
Last year, more than 13 million pounds of trash was collected statewide.
More than a million pounds of trash was collected in Mecklenburg County alone, which is a 20% spike from the previous two years.
Mark Taylor of Traffic Team 9 spoke with Jen Thompson, communications manager for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, to find out why the problem is getting worse and what is being done about it.
“It seems as soon as you pick it up and come back, it’s there again. It seems like he never even disappeared. said Thompson.
Our Mark Taylor reported on the rapid increase in waste in April 2021, which was partly blamed on NCDOT budget cuts and COVID-19 safety measures, which are no longer issues, but the waste is still there .
“We don’t want to break that record this year. I think we are already between half a million and a million pounds for 2022,” said Thompson.
The NCDOT has initiatives to combat the litter problem with programs like Adopt a Highway and a statewide curbside litter disposal initiative that takes place twice a year, but this n is not a permanent solution.
“I get up in the morning to go for a run and there’s just more litter and all kinds of random stuff. It’s pretty disgusting,” one person told Taylor.
NCDOT suggests keeping your trash load secure, not littering the side of the road, and making sure to recycle.
The NC Litter Sweet takes place April 16-30, giving local residents a chance to help clean up our roads.
To report someone you think littered, click here.
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