Thursday, May 29, 2014

Highway litter pickup effort planned for next week

Volunteers will be out in force next week to pick up litter along Kentucky's highways.

The state Transportation Cabinet says its Adopt-a-Highway Summer Scrub Week is set for the week of June 2.

Nearly 700 groups participate in Kentucky's Adopt-a-Highway program, which began in 1988. The cabinet says volunteers clean about 4,800 miles of roadside annually, setting an example of responsible environmental stewardship.

Volunteers adopt two-mile sections of highway under a two-year, renewable contract with the Transportation Cabinet.

The cabinet says that each year, it spends about $5 million and 200,000 worker hours to remove 96,000 bags of highway litter. It says Adopt-a-Highway volunteers help save thousands of taxpayer dollars and demonstrate that a clean environment is a shared responsibility.