From fast food garbage to tires and cans, that's the debris many people do not think twice about throwing on the ground. But, now Department of Transportation officials say these litter practices are costing the public millions each year in clean up expenses. In Pitt County alone, Jeff Cabaniss with the D.O.T. maintenance department says the department spent over $40,000 in litter clean up, cash that he says comes straight from the taxpayers’ pockets. And the litter situation isn't just a financial problem, but also an environmental burden. Environmental specialists say litter can seep into the soil and enter the public water supply.
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