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Warmer weather means it is time for spring cleaning – and Indiana’s highways are no exception. Each year, INDOT and Adopt-A-Highway groups conduct a major statewide effort to clean up Indiana’s highways during Trash Bash.
For more than a dozen years, INDOT workers, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers and Department of Correction (DOC) crews have joined forces to spring clean Indiana interstates during Trash Bash. Each year, hundreds of tons of trash are collected and Indiana highways are spruced up in time for the summer driving season.
In 2015, for example, clean-up crews collected 22,542 bags of trash and 8,456 cubic yards of loose debris from 1,151 miles of state highways and rights-of-way.
Trash Bash 2016 will begin on April 16, 2016 and end on May 10, 2016.
Motorists should be on the lookout for crew-up crews along Indiana highways. When drivers encounter a work crew, they should slow down and be alert for changing traffic patterns.
Litter is a costly problem. According to Keep America Beautiful, Inc., people litter because:
Although motorists and pedestrians are often blamed for littering along roadsides, there are actually seven primary sources. These include household trash handling and placement, business dumpsters, loading docks, construction and demolition truck loads, uncovered truck loads, pedestrians, and motorists.
Litter is blown away by wind and traffic or carried by water. It moves until trapped by a curb, building or fence. Once litter has accumulated, it invites people to add more.
Each year, INDOT must spend money and employee man hours picking up litter along state highways and roads. This money and time could be better spent improving Indiana's roadways or rest areas rather than litter pick-up.
To help keep Indiana highways clean, restore our state's natural beauty, and save tax dollars, please follow these steps:
If you or your group is interested in volunteering for Trash Bash 2016 please contact your local district to register your group.
Roadside Services Coordinator
Highway Maintenance Division
100 N. Senate Ave. IGCN, Room 901
Indianapolis, IN 46204