Trash Bash action picking up along roadways

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A statewide effort by the Indiana Department of Transportation and state Adopt-A-Highway groups to clean along thousands of miles of Indiana roadways begins in earnest Monday and will run through April 30.

Trash Bash 2019 coincides with National Earth Day.

Last year, during a three-day Trash Bash weekend in April, 3,457 bags of trash were collected from alongside Indiana roadways by INDOT employees, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers, other organizations and individuals.

INDOT Southwest District Communications Director Jason Tiller says Dubois County’s groups that have cleaned along highways include Jasper High School Key Club, Celestine Park, Dubois Circuit Court, OFS, Southridge High School, Best Home Furnishing, Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department, Ferdinand Youth Spiritual Life, Hoosier Hill Marina, Northeast Dubois High School, Matrix Integration, MasterBrand Cabinets, the Royer Family In Memory of Dexter Royer and the Knights of Columbus.

Scheduling is always up to such groups, according to Tiller, but INDOT encourages all of those in the Adopt-A-Highway program to get out and clean designated sections of roadway.

To be part of Trash Bash, contact INDOT customer service at 1-855-463-6848 or by email at Volunteers will be connected with an INDOT Trash Bash coordinator to receive an assigned cleanup location; a briefing on roadside safety; safety vests to be worn at all times and trash bags.

All trash bagged by volunteers will be collected and disposed of by INDOT crews.

While Trash Bash is an annual, two-week event, INDOT offers opportunities for Hoosiers to help keep roadside areas clean year-round. INDOT says the Adopt-a-Highway and Sponsor-a-Highway programs are great opportunities for volunteering and offer a highly-visible option for showcasing your business or nonprofit group.

Motorists are reminded to look out for work crews and volunteers along Indiana highways. When drivers encounter a work crew, they should slow down, be alert for changing traffic patterns and always avoid distractions such as cellphones while driving.

INDOT encourages all Hoosiers to do their part to prevent litter on Indiana’s roadways. Suggestions include:

• Don’t litter. Set a good example for everyone, especially children.

• Carry a litter bag in your car instead of tossing trash out the window.

• Make sure trash can lids are securely fastened.

• Tie papers in bundles before placing them in a curbside recycling bin.

• If you own a business, check trash bins daily to ensure doors are closed.

• Report areas where people have illegally dumped garbage.

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