Volunteers save the state millions

By KBJR News 1

Volunteers save the state millions

April 17, 2014 Updated Apr 17, 2014 at 12:38 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Volunteers pick up more than 100 dump truck loads of litter every year which saves the state an estimated $6 million, MnDOT says.

Since Adopt a Highway volunteers give up their valuable time, it allows MnDOT crews to spend more time on highway improvement and safety projects.

Adopt a Highway volunteers:
–Commit for a minimum of two years.
–Select a segment of highway approximately two miles in length.
–Pick up litter on both sides of the highway.
–Pick up litter as often as needed from spring through fall.

MnDOT provides safety training, trash bags and safety vests for each volunteer. After the group completes its cleanup, MnDOT crews pick up the filled bags and large or hazardous items from the roadside.

49,000 volunteers in Minnesota clean more than 11,000 miles of highways. For more information about the program, please click here.

Ramona Marozas