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Just like “spring cleaning” around the house, spring is the time of the year that INDOT regularly hosts Trash Bash!, an annual state highway clean-up event designed to beautify Indiana highways by removing roadside litter and debris. However, given Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Stay at Home Order, INDOT has chosen to postpone this year’s Trash Bash! until Fall 2020.


Trash Bash! History

For more than a dozen years, INDOT workers, Adopt-a-Highway volunteers and Department of Correction crews have joined forces to spring clean Indiana interstates during Trash Bash! Beginning in 2018, this effort takes place over the course of one weekend.

In 2018, Trash Bash! took place April 13-15. That weekend, hundreds of INDOT employees joined forces with active Adopt-a-Highway groups and other organizations and individuals to collect 3,457 bags of trash, or the equivalent of 874 cubic yards.

During the first day, INDOT maintenance staff across the state will take a day away from their everyday tasks of maintaining the roads, bridges and roadsides to focus on litter collection.

How Trash Bash! Works

As with the Adopt-a-Highway groups, interested parties may come to any INDOT location and be briefed on roadside safety, borrow safety vests and be provided with bags. INDOT simply asks that you return the vests. Participants in Trash Bash! may either:

  • Report the amount of litter collected and/or recycled
  • Leave the bagged litter in a neat pile(s) safely along the roadside and contact your local INDOT facility with exact location(s) so maintenance staff may collect the bags

Whether it's one-quarter mile or 10 miles, INDOT welcomes your assistance in this statewide effort. Because of safety concerns, INDOT staff will focus on roads with high traffic volume, such as interstates and divided highways, with hopes that the public can focus on the lower traffic volume two-lane roads.

Motorists should always be on the lookout for clean-up crews along Indiana highways. When drivers encounter a work crew, they should slow down and be alert for changing traffic patterns.

If you or your group is interested in volunteering, please call INDOT customer service (855-463-6848) in order to be put in touch with the appropriate coordinator. Or, submit an electronic request; in the bottom field of the form, indicate the city, county and/or specific stretch of lower-traffic, two-lane INDOT roadway you are interested in cleaning.

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