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Transportation officials want volunteers to help clean up along roads in southern Nash County as part of the Adopt-A-Highway Fall Litter Sweep.

The beautification campaign begins Saturday and runs through Sept. 28.

Volunteers are encouraged to go out and pick up trash any day or time within the two-week period, and beyond, said Katie Trout, spokeswoman for the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Twice a year, in April and September, state transportation officials ask volunteers to help remove litter from roadsides. Volunteers from local businesses, schools, nonprofit organizations, churches and community groups play an important role in keeping North Carolina’s roads clean, said David Harris, a state roadside environmental engineer.

“Just a few hours of volunteering to clean up our roadsides can make a huge difference,” Harris said. “It’s a fun opportunity to get outdoors with family and friends while helping make sure North Carolina remains a beautiful place to live and work.”

Participating volunteers are provided with cleanup supplies such as reversible orange and blue trash bags, gloves and traffic safety vests from the nearest state transportation maintenance yard office.

Volunteers typically pick out which roads they want to clean up. Anyone in southern Nash County who wants to volunteer can contact Melissa Bunn at 252-640-6530.

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