Littering in Charlotte continues to get worse and worse.
We’ve all probably seen people littering before, but it seems the amount of litter in the last few years has increased by a lot. NCDOT just released the details on litter in all the North Carolina counties, and Mecklenburg counties results were not good. There was a 24% increase in litter in the last three years in Mecklenburg County.
- 2019: 1.05 million pounds of litter was collected in Mecklenburg County.
- 2020: 1.16 million pounds
- 2021: 1.3 million pounds
Jennifer Thompson, with NCDOT, says pandemic budget cuts affected trash pickup in the last few years, and that could be part of the problem. Already this year, NCDOT has picked up 194,000 pounds of litter in Mecklenburg County and 1.4 million pounds statewide.
I hate when I see people littering. Littering in North Carolina is not only socially unacceptable, it’s also against the law. In North Carolina, it could cost you up to $2,000 if you’re caught throwing litter on the ground. So how about next time you need to get rid of something, look for a trashcan. Charlotte is such a new and thriving city, and it’s important that we keep it clean and beautiful.
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