MDOT held its annual anti-litter campaign known as “Trash Bash” on most Mississippi Highways and intersections. The clean-up began at eight and continued into the afternoon hours.
“Today is our annual trash bash and that’s where all of our employees have the opportunity to come out onto the highways and pick up. Even the office personnel try to come out and clean up what other people have thrown out over the year.”
The volunteers trudged through muddy fields, climbed slick embankments, waded in muddy water and muscled through thick weeds to retrieve litter, including tires and hub caps, appliances and other items large and small.
“The oddest thing we have found so far was a plastic costume pig nose, the most common thing we picked up today is plastic and glass bottles.”
Volunteers joked about the items collected but they also saw what happens to items discarded in ways detrimental not only to the environment, but to State tax payers as well.
“We're asking that people just don't throw it out because it’s costing the State of Mississippi millions of dollars to pick it up.”
MDOT spends more than $5 million each year cleaning litter from Mississippi roadsides. The Mississippi Department of Conservation spends almost $1 million a year to clean litter from conservation areas and other department locations.
If you would like to become involved in improving the community by participating in a cleanup or similar program, visit GOMDOT.COM.