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AdopAdopt-A-Highway volunteers gear up for trash pick-up

Submitted by on March 26, 2010 – 6:12 amNo Comment

Volunteers are getting ready to pick up trash along Michigan highways.

The Adopt-A-Highway program began in 1990 with 24 groups and has enjoyed widespread popularity for 20 years.  According to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), more than 2,800 groups participated last year, hauling away 75,000 bags of litter.

More than 1.8 million bags of trash have been cleared since 1990, which would fill approximately 9,500 garbage trucks.

The first pick up of the season starts this weekend in southern Michigan.  Volunteers in northeast Michigan will be working the highways from April 24 to May 2.  MDOT decided to delay the pickup effort in northern Michigan in order to accommodate any late-arriving inclement weather.

Volunteers wishing to help in the effort can visit MDOT’s website for more information.