Secure Your Load for Litter Free Roads

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Red Truck with secured load in the back

“Secure Your Load for Litter Free Roads” is the new slogan for the Pamlico County litter awareness campaign. Litter is becoming an increasingly common sight along the highways in Pamlico County. Litter creates not only an eyesore within our community, but adds to potential road hazards, undermines economic development, and threatens the natural environment.

One of the most common sources of litter along our roadways is unsecured trash blown from vehicles. While there are offenders who intentionally dispose of their trash through illegal littering, many motorists may be unknowingly contributing to this problem. Under North Carolina state law, it is illegal to haul improperly secured loads, and intentional and unintentional littering both carry fines and penalties. To help reduce this issue, motorists need to properly secure their loads using tarps, cargo nets, or tie downs to prevent debris from leaving vehicles. Placing lighter items on the bottom with heavier items on top may also help.

To help combat the issue of litter, Pamlico County is planning several litter awareness projects during 2021. The first of these activities will be the “Secure Your Load” campaign to educate citizens on the importance of reducing unintentional littering by properly securing your load on your vehicle. To help facilitate this effort, citizens will notice new signage near the entrance of the Pamlico County Transfer Station (3192 NC 306 North, Grantsboro, NC 28529) and near the recycling convenience centers. Pamlico County is also planning a tarp distribution event on March 6 and April 3, 2021, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the Pamlico County Transfer Station for those motorists who need a tarp to help cover their load. If you have questions about this event, you can contact Garry Cooper at 252-745-2094, garry.cooper@pamlicocounty.org or Daniel Simpson at 252-745-4121, daniel_simpson@ncsu.edu.

Pamlico County is also planning a Clean Sweep event for April 24, 2021, for volunteers who would like to help collect litter along our roadways or other public areas. Pamlico County will provide safety vests, gloves, trash bags, and extended reach grabbers to aid volunteers. Pamlico County will also help coordinate with these volunteers to dispose of collected litter. If you are interested in volunteering for this event or would like to learn more, please contact Garry Cooper at 252-745-2094, garry.cooper@pamlicocounty.org or Daniel Simpson at 252-745-4121, daniel_simpson@ncsu.edu.

Littering costs North Carolina millions of dollars each year and the problem can only be solved if citizens take an active role in addressing the issue. Let us all do our part, secure our loads, and support our community.