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Adopt-a-Highway program looking for volunteers

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No one likes a litter bug. That's why Janean Robbins and her team from the Michigan Department of Transportation will be out in force this weekend cleaning up trash from area roads.

She said 70,000 bags of trash are picked up off Michigan roads each year. That is thanks to the Adopt-a-Highway program and its volunteers.

"They adopt a two mile stretch of the highway. They pick up trash on their adopted section three times a year, April, July and September. There is no cost to them. We provide them with safety vests and trash bags and we arrange to pick up the trash bags when they are done off the side of the road," Robbins said.

This July is no different. Volunteers are stepping up to remove the plastic bags and fast food trash that litter streets, all in an effort to make Mid-Michigan a more beautiful place to live.

Robbins said there is still 200 sections of road to adopt in Mid-Michigan.

Not only do volunteers get the satisfaction of enhancing the appearance of your community, but your group's name will be displayed on a sign for all to see. There is no fee to participate in the program and at MDOT, the safety of the volunteers is their No. 1 priority.

"It's important for our community, for the tourism. People coming into the state to see a clean roadway," Robbins said.

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