Volunteers in the Michigan Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway program will hit the road — rather, the sides of the roads — for the first time in 2013 on successive weekends between April 13 and April 21.
Last year, they filled about 65,000 bags with the trash drivers have left on highway shoulders and medians.
With the the state’s popular Pure Michigan tourism campaign, their efforts are more important than ever.
The volunteers, employees of sponsoring companies, members of civic groups, and dedicated families, will be wearing high-visibility safety vests and walking in groups of three. MDOT provides the vests, trash bags, and then hauls away the debris.
The program is estimated to save the state $5.6 million in cleanup costs.
Roadside trash pickup is also planned for weekends between July 13 and July 21 and between September 21 and September 29.