MDOT advises motorists to watch for volunteers

Motorists are advised to be on the lookout beginning Saturday as thousands of Adopt-A-Highway volunteers fan out along state roadways picking up litter.

Participants in the Michigan Department of Transportation program will clean highway roadsides from Saturday through July 21 during the second of three scheduled pickups this year.

When working in a highway right of way, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers wear high-visibility, yellow-green safety vests required by federal regulations. MDOT provides free vests and trash bags, and arranges to haul away the trash.

Several southwestern Michigan landfills, including Westside Landfill in Fabius Township, are chipping in to help the Adopt-A-Highway program.

Adopt-A-Highway volunteers annually collect between 65,000 and 70,000 bags of trash. The program began in 1990 and has grown to involve nearly 2,800 groups cleaning 6,100 miles of highway.

The year’s final Adopt-A-Highway pickup is scheduled for Sept. 21 to 29.

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