Mother Nature has been relentless this winter and snow is finally beginning to melt. That means it’s time to begin spring cleaning of Hoosier highways and byways. The Indiana Department of Transportation’s annual Trash Bash is slated from April 5-27 and coincides with National Earth Day to aid in raising awareness of litter, said spokesman Harry Maginity
In 2013 more than 20,678 bags of trash were collected from alongside 3,400 miles of Indiana roadways by INDOT maintenance crews, Indiana Department of Correction offender crews and 1,633 Adopt-A-Highway volunteers. Also collected were 1,256 cubic yards of loose debris, which included some strange items, such as an electric meter, laptop, horse whip and cash.
“The Department of Correction strives to rehabilitate offenders in many ways and cleaning up Hoosier highways is one program that allows them to give back to the community and turn doing time into doing good,” said Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner Bruce Lemmon.
“Partnering with INDOT in their annual Trash Bash and helping brighten up our great state is one of our agency’s favorite activities.”
INDOT encourages all Hoosiers to keep highways clean by following some simple tips:
• Don’t litter: Set a good example for everyone, especially children.
• Be responsible: Carry a trash bag in the car instead of tossing litter out the window.
• Report it: Report areas where people have illegally dumped garbage to a local transportation, public works or conservation office.
• Adopt it: To find out how a group can become involved in helping beautify a nearby area by participating in Adopt-A-Highway, Sponsor-A-Highway or other highway beautification efforts, persons may contact INDOT Customer Service at the Seymour District office at 877-305-7611.
Currently 35 organizations, churches, businesses and industry groups are listed as Adopt-A-Highway participants in southeast Indiana, according to Maginity.