Drivers across Michigan will be seeing people picking up trash along highways starting next weekend.
Adopt-A-Highway volunteers with more than 3,000 groups will be along the roads in mid and southern lower Michigan starting April 9th. Northern roads will be cleaned starting April 23rd.
Michigan Department of Transportation Director Kirk Steudle says the program makes a visible difference to tourists.
“Last year, the efforts of our volunteers eliminated 80,000 bags of trash and saved taxpayers more than $1.5 million in cleanup costs,” Steudle said in a statement.
Drivers are asked to be careful when they see the volunteers working.
While groups already clean more than 6,400 miles of freeways and roads, more groups are wanted. Click here for information about the program.
Volunteers must be at least 12 years old and each group needs three or more people. Groups are asked to adopt a section of freeway or highway for a minimum of two years. There is no fee to participate.
Along with this months cleanup, other pickups are in July and late September.