Highway litter pickup effort planned for next week

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - 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.

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