Surry County Citizens Invited to Participate in Litter Sweep

(Dobson, N.C.) – Surry County citizens are invited to participate in the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Litter Sweep program from April 10-24. The program focuses on collecting litter along roadways. Volunteers can pick up cleanup supplies, such as trash bags, gloves and safety vests,​ from the local DOT County Maintenance Yard office, which is located on 1975 Prison Camp Road in Dobson, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Citizens may pick up litter on weekends, but Monday through Friday is the only time when cleanup supplies are available at the County Maintenance Yard office. 

Surry County citizens and civic groups are also encouraged to sign up for Adopt-A-Highway by calling local coordinator Jamie Wood at 336-903-9243. Wood works with volunteers to select an available stretch of state-maintained highway and can answer any associated litter program questions.

DOT also manages the Swat-A-Litterbug Program, which encourages the public to report people who litter, in an effort to help make North Carolina roadways cleaner. Littering North Carolina roadways is illegal and can result in fines for those that commit the offense. Some litterbugs simply need to be informed and reminded that littering – whether deliberate or unintentional – can end with a personal commitment to stop.

The public can report those who litter by contacting DOT’s Litter Management Section by ​calling 1-800-331-5864. Litterbugs can also be reported by filling out an online report by Googling “Swat a Litterbug” and clicking on “Submit a Swat-A-Litterbug Report.” Surry County citizens can also report litterbugs by downloading the Swat-A-Litterbug app on their smartphone.

Date: April 7, 2021