In conjunction with national Earth Day and to raise awareness of litter, the Indiana Department of Transportation's annual Trash Bash runs through April 27th.
According to INDOT, last year more than 20,678 bags of trash were collected from alongside 3,400 miles of Indiana roadways. The trash was picked up by INDOT maintenance crews, Indiana Department of Correction offender crews and over 16-hundred Adopt-A-Highway volunteers. An electric metter, laptop, horse whip and cash were some of the stranger items picked up.
“The Department of Corrections strives to rehabilitate offenders in many ways and cleaning up Hoosier highways is one program that allows them to give back to the community and turn doing time into doing good,” said Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner Bruce Lemmon. “Partnering with INDOT in their Annual Trash Bash and helping brighten up our great state is one of our agency’s favorite activities.”
INDOT encourages all Hoosiers to keep Indiana’s highways clean by following some simple tips:
Don’t litter: Set a good example for everyone, especially children.
Be responsible: Carry a trash bag in your car instead of tossing litter out the window.
Report it: Report areas where people have illegally dumped garbage to your local transportation, public works or conservation office.
Adopt it: To find out how your group can become involved in helping beautify an area near you by participating in Adopt-A-Highway, Sponsor-A-Highway or other highway beautification efforts please contact INDOT Customer Service for northwest Indiana at 1-855-GO-INDOT.
As you travel along Indiana’s roadways watch for crews as they are cleaning the roadside. Reduce your speed, use caution and consider worker safety when traveling through the area. For the latest news and information about INDOT, please visit www.in.gov/indot.
Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts at any time via the District’s social media channels: www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or visit http://www.trafficwise.in.gov for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.