Now that pretty days are more often than less, people are enjoying the outside more frequently, including me.

I enjoy walking after work for exercise and fresh air — my friend and I have managed to walk two miles every day. Hopefully, it will be three miles in the near future.

But, what I find disgusting is the trash everywhere — and I mean EVERYWHERE I go. I mentioned this last week, but I want to talk about it a little more because of the press release received from the N.C. Department of Transportation.

The department is asking for volunteers to help clean up trash along roads during the Adopt-A-Highway Spring Litter Sweep from April 10-24.

It’s nice there are specific dates set aside just to clean up this state we live in, but folks, why is it so hard to put something in a trash can instead of tossing it on the ground?

I have filled up a whole trash bag in one block once, but the trash came back — it always comes back. Isn’t that sad?

I can look from my front porch sometimes and see someone’s bags of trash waiting to be picked up on garbage day in a back alley, ripped opened and scattered everywhere. There are sometimes 10 or more vultures digging through the trash. Not to mention when the wind picks up, three blocks around that yard now have trash in their yards. Sometimes it’s so frustrating I want to scream, but no, I just pick up the trash that has blown into my yard and keep going.

But walking and seeing the scattered trash along the way has me really thinking about it, bothering me — it just seems to be getting worse and worse. I am more aware of the trash I see when I’m driving, stopped at a light or stop sign.

I try to do my part by picking up trash I see when I can and disposing of it the proper way. Just think, if you are reading this now, if you did the same thing, how much cleaner our city would be? Better yet, if you are reading this and you are guilty about throwing litter on the ground, just stop it.

According to the press release, each April and September, NCDOT asks volunteers to help remove litter from roadsides. Volunteers from local businesses, schools, nonprofits, churches, municipalities, law enforcement and community groups play an important role in keeping N.C.’s roads clean.

“In just two months, NCDOT and our partner organizations have picked up over one million pounds of litter,” said David Harris, state roadside engineer. “We need to keep that momentum moving forward. The annual Litter Sweep is a great opportunity to get outdoors with family and friends and work alongside NCDOT to ensure North Carolina remains a beautiful place to live and work.”

Volunteers are provided with

clean-up supplies

such as trash bags, gloves and safety vests from local NCDOT county maintenance yard offices.

In addition, all volunteers are encouraged to follow proper COVID-19 safety guidance. This includes wearing a mask and gloves at all times and keeping six feet apart from other volunteers. And, anyone who has been diagnosed with or recently exposed to COVID-19 should refrain from participating.

To sign up and get more information, visit or call 919-707-2970.

Hey, even if you don’t volunteer for the spring clean-up, the next time you see a piece of trash while you are out and about, throw it away in the nearest trash can. We can all lead by example, and trust me, it gives you a very good feeling.

Editor Tia Bedwell can be reached at or 252-410-7056.

Editor Tia Bedwell can be reached at or 252-410-7056.