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Second Adopt-A-Highway cleanup coming Saturday

Fast facts:

  • The second Adopt-A-Highway of the year is July 16-24.
  • Adopt-A-Highway volunteers regularly collect more than 60,000 bags of litter annually.
  • Sections of highway are still available to adopt. Go to for more information.

LANSING, Mich. ­- Motorists should be on the lookout beginning Saturday as Adopt-A-Highway volunteers fan out along state roadways from Copper Harbor to Benton Harbor picking up litter. Participants in the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) program will clean highway roadsides from July 16 to 24 during the second of three scheduled pickups this year.

Every year, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers regularly collect more than 60,000 bags of trash. The popular program began in Michigan in 1990 and has grown to involve more than 2,900 groups cleaning more than 6,000 miles of highway.

Getting involved in the program is straightforward. Volunteers include members of civic groups, businesses and families. Crew members have to be at least 12 years old and each group must include at least three people. Groups are asked to adopt a section of highway for at least two years. There is no fee to participate. Adopt-A-Highway signs bearing group names are posted along the stretches of adopted highway.

When working in a highway right of way, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers wear high-visibility, yellow-green safety vests required by federal regulations. MDOT provides free vests and trash bags, and arranges to haul away the trash.

Sections of highway are available for adoption all over the state. Interested groups can get more information on joining the program at

The year's final Adopt-A-Highway pickup is scheduled for the fall, from Sept. 24 to Oct. 2.