Volunteers begin roadside cleaning

Volunteers will fan out across lower Michigan starting this weekend to give state highway roadsides their first cleaning of 2024.

The program began in Michigan in 1990. Today, around 2,900 groups have adopted more than 6,000 miles of state highway. In a typical year, volunteers collect 60,000 to 70,000 bags of trash, an estimated $5 million value for the state.

Volunteers pick up litter three times a year. Statewide, there will be a summer pickup from July 13 to 21 and a fall pickup from Sept. 21 to 29.

MDOT provides vests and trash bags, and arranges to haul away trash. Volunteers include members of various civic groups, businesses and families. Crew members must be at least 12 years old and each group must number at least three people.

Several landfills, including Westside Landfill in the Three Rivers area, do their part to help the AAH program.

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