Still time to join last adopt-a-highway cleaning

Michigan: Final Adopt-A-Highway cleanup of year starts Saturday

Fast facts:
– The final Adopt-A-Highway of the year is Sept. 26-Oct. 4.
– Adopt-A-Highway volunteers collect about 70,000 bags of trash each year – a $5 million dollar annual value for the state.
– Sections of highway are still available to adopt. Go to www.michigan.gov/adoptahighway for more information.

September 21, 2015 – The final Adopt-A-Highway pickup of the year will mark the completion of the 25th anniversary of the popular Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) program. Thousands of volunteers will be scouring the roadsides looking for trash from Saturday, Sept. 26, through Sunday, Oct. 4.

“We’d like to thank Adopt-A-Highway volunteers across the state for showing their community spirit again this year, as they have for the past 25 years,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. “These groups deserve our thanks for helping to keep Michigan roadsides clean – they’re performing important work that we otherwise could not accomplish within our limited maintenance budget.”

There are three scheduled Adopt-A-Highway pickups each year: one each in the spring, summer and fall. Volunteers have been participating in the program since 1990. Every year, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers collect about 70,000 bags of trash, for a total of more than 2 million bags in 25 years. Last year alone, the volunteer efforts of nearly 3,200 Adopt-A-Highway groups generated a $5 million value for state taxpayers.

Motorists should be on the lookout for volunteers wearing high-visibility, yellow-green safety vests. MDOT provides free vests and trash bags, and arranges to haul away the trash.

Volunteers include members of civic groups, businesses and families. Crew members have to be at least 12 years old and each group must number at least three people.

Sections of highway are still available for adoption. Interested groups should check the MDOT Adopt-A-Highway website at www.michigan.gov/adoptahighway for more information and the name of their county’s coordinator, who can specify available roadsides. Groups are asked to adopt a section of highway for at least two years; there is no fee to participate. Adopt-A-Highway volunteer groups are recognized with signs bearing a group’s name posted along stretches of adopted highway.