Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) is partnering with Solid Waste Management and several other groups to keep the city clean from littering violators.
Police officers launched the anti-littering operation throughout Mecklenburg County to enforce the littering laws.
People who unintentionally litter are fined $50+ and those who recklessly litter must pay a $250 fine.
Last year, CMPD wrote 136 citations within Mecklenburg County. So far this year, they wrote up 28.
Police say violation can range from a cigarette on the side of the road to a sandwich wrapper. Violation includes driver who fail to secure loads on pick-up trucks and debris that may fall from any vehicle.
The 24-hour operation focused on the entire county on Earth Day. The intention is to educate the public about the importance of keeping the city clean.