Mother Nature has been relentless this winter and snow is finally beginning to melt and that means it’s time to begin the Indiana Department of Transportation’s (INDOT’s) spring cleaning. The Annual Trash Bash takes place from April 5-27, and coincides with National Earth Day to aid in raising awareness of litter.
In 2013 more than 20,000 bags of trash were collected by INDOT crews, work crews from the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) and 1,600 Adopt-A-Highway volunteers. Also collected were 1,256 cubic yards of loose debris which included some strange items including an electric meter, laptop, horse whip and cash.
“The Department of Correction 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.”
Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (WVCF) supervised minimum-security offenders will be focusing on U.S. 41 from Knox to Vigo County. Last year WVCF crews collected 3,708 bags of trash. WVCF Superintendent Richard Brown said, “This year offender workers will also gather items such as aluminum cans for recycling. Our annual cleanup campaign is just one way for us to contribute to a cleaner environment, with immediate impact!”
WVCF offenders will be highly visible, wearing reflective vests as they pick up trash from state roadways.
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 litter bag in your car instead of tossing trash 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 our Customer Service Department at 1-800-279-5758.