Illegal Disposal, Litter and Backyard Burning

The Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service does not work directly on illegal dumping, litter or back yard burning. This web page acts as a connection to resources offered by sister agencies and other organizations in North Carolina and beyond our borders. For more information see below

Illegal Disposal

Illegally disposed of trash on the roadFor facts on illegal disposal and its effects visit the following sites:


For resources on litter and to learn what you can do in your community to help fight litter, please visit the following sites:

  • N.C. Department of Transportation’s Beautification Program – provides information on litter prevention, litter laws, the annual litter contest, the Swat-a-Litterbug Program and a downloadable litter activity book.
  • Keep America Beautiful Litter Prevention Page – provides general information on litter, what can be done to prevent litter and a litter measurement tool to help communities assess their litter problem.
  • Keep NC Beautiful (KNCB) – An affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, KNCB works directly with litter prevention in North Carolina, has local affiliates in nearly a third of North Carolina's counties, and provides programming and education for individuals and organizations. 
  • N.C. Beautiful – a nonprofit organization that offers hands-on programs and funding to help educate residents about the effect of their actions on the environment.
  • Auntie Litter – a nonprofit organization that promotes a healthy and clean environment through the character of “Auntie Litter” and comprehensive teaching strategies and tools.
  • North Carolina Session Law 2001-512- An Act to strengthen the littering laws

Backyard Burning

It is illegal to burn trash and non-vegetative materials in North Carolina. For more information about open burning and air quality, please visit the following sites: