Solid Waste to hold Tarp Day to promote covering your cargo Print

Litter that blows from improperly-secured truck beds is a multi-million dollar problem for North Carolina taxpayers and the Haywood County Solid Waste Department wants to raise awareness of it by giving away free tarps on May 31.

Take your truck to the Haywood County Materials Recovery Facility in Clyde from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 31, and you’ll get a free tarp as long as they last, and some good advice on how to properly secure your load.

Tarp Awareness Day, sponsored by Keep NC Beautiful, is designed to raise awareness of litter flying out of truck beds and remind drivers to properly secure cargo to prevent accidents and reduce roadside litter. The campaign will also reinforce NC General Statute 14-399, which makes it illegal to haul an improperly secured load and can result in a $2,000 fine, community service work and one point on a motorist’s driver license upon conviction.

“Litter from uncovered trucks is an ongoing problem, we see it every day,” said Stephen King, Haywood County Solid Waste Director. “This will be a day for education, not punishment. Reminding Haywood County citizens how to make covering truck loads a habit will help everyone take responsibility for the cleanliness of our community and will keep unintentional litter from plaguing our roadsides.”

The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand to provide education fliers to truck owners and to answer questions about the law. The Materials Recovery Facility is located on Recycle Road in Clyde.

The Solid Waste Department has approximately 100 tarps to give away. For more information, contact the Haywood County Solid Waste Department at 828-627-8042. For more information on the Tarp Awareness campaign, contact Brenda Ewadinger, Keep NC Beautiful state leader and program manager at 704-442-0791 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For more information, contact:
David Teague, Public Information Officer
Haywood County
828-452-7305; 828-400-9691 or
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