The following statement was issued Monday by the Indiana Department of Transportation:
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Mother Nature has been relentless this winter and snow is finally beginning to melt and that means it's time to begin spring cleaning of our highways and byways. The Indiana Department of Transportation's (INDOT's) annual Trash Bash takes place from April 5-27, 2014 and coincides with National Earth Day to aid in raising awareness of litter.
In 2013 more than 20,678 bags of trash were collected from alongside 3,400 miles of Indiana roadways by INDOT maintenance crews, Indiana Department of Correction offender crews and 1,633 Adopt-A-Highway volunteers. Also collected were 1,256 cubic yards of loose debris which included some strange items such as an electric meter, laptop, horse whip and cash.
"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 northeast Indiana at 1-866-227-3555.
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.