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Adopt A Highway Cleanup Project Saves Minnesota $6 Million Annually

Source: Curtis Gregory Perry via flickr

We’ve all seen the signs;  Since its inception in the late 1980’s, the Adopt A Highway program has helped the State of Minnesota look better and save money at the same time.

Volunteers helping with the Adopt a Highway program pick up 26,000 tons of litter per year, saving the state an estimated $6 million annually, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Minnesota is a big state and there are more than 11,000 miles of highway to be cleaned up;  That’s why more than 49,000 volunteers presently help pick up the trash.

Even with the large amount of people currently volunteering, the state can always used your help.  If you’d like to get involved in the Adopt A Highway program, here are a few details you need to know about:

To become part of the program, the volunteer groups agree to:

  •   Adopt a highway for a minimum of two years
  •   Select a segment of highway approximately two miles in length
  •   Pick up litter on both sides of the highway
  •   Pick up litter as often as needed from spring through fall, usually two to three times

If you’re interested, click the link here to learn more.


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