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INDOT “Trash Bash!” removes thousands of bags of litter from Hoosier highways

With the arrival of warmer weather across the Hoosier State, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) reminds motorists that, although these conditions invite motorists to roll down vehicle windows, it is against the law to litter by throwing trash out of vehicles. INDOT has several beautification initiatives to help keep Indiana clean.

During INDOT’s annual "Trash Bash!" April 13, INDOT maintenance staff across the state directed their efforts toward litter collection on roads with high-traffic volume, such as interstates and divided highways. Additionally, Adopt-a-Highway groups and other organizations and individuals joined forces to clean two-lane roads with lower traffic volume April 13 through 15 as part of "Trash Bash!"

"INDOT is proud to partner with individuals and groups to clean up litter and beautify the state," said INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness. "Whether volunteers are interested in helping with one mile or 10 miles, INDOT welcomes the help of Hoosiers in making our roads look their best."

The effort paid off, as hundreds of INDOT employees collected 2,857 bags of trash, the equivalent of 724 cubic yards, April 13. The non-INDOT volunteers gathered 600 bags of trash, the equivalent of 150 cubic yards, April 13 to 15.

Besides "Trash Bash!",INDOT offers opportunities for Hoosiers to help keep roadside areas clean year-round. The Adopt-a-Highway, Sponsor-a-Highway and newly formed Hoosier Gateways programs are ideal opportunities for volunteering or performing community service projects.

"We put in a huge effort for our crews to make our roadsides and communities more attractive," said INDOT Roadside Maintenance Specialist Matt Kraushar. "We certainly succeeded, and we look to build on this to make next year even better."

For more information on all of these programs, visit www.in.gov/indot/2598.htm.