Phoenix, AZ — Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Adopt A Highway volunteers turned out in big numbers for this year’s Earth Day cleanups. More than 300 volunteers collected 551 bags of litter and debris along 65 miles of Maricopa County roadways over two weekends in late April. The special MCDOT Earth Day Cleanups are held each year in April as part of international Earth Day event.
“The MCDOT Adopt A Highway Program and its hundreds of volunteers continue to make our communities a better place to live,” said Denny Barney, Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.
Throughout Maricopa County, volunteers collected and disposed of debris along roadway shoulders as part of MCDOT’s Annual Earth Day Cleanup. Over the past two years, this event has cleaned over 100 miles of roadway and collected more than four and one-half tons of litter. “The MCDOT Adopt A Highway Program helps make us all safer by removing tons of waste and litter from County roadways each year. The Earth Day Cleanups, as well as the year-round efforts of our volunteers, are something all Maricopa County residents should be proud of,” said John Hauskins, MCDOT Director.
The MCDOT Adopt A Highway program works with hundreds of volunteers to promote roadway safety and preserve our environment. Locally and nationwide, roadway debris causes over 25,000 traffic accidents annually.
MCDOT launched its Adopt A Highway program with the first volunteer group in 1990. Today, more than 130 groups help to keep hundreds of miles of County roadways free of litter and debris every year. Since July 2013, MCDOT Adopt A Highway volunteers have picked up more than 2000 bags of trash and nearly 300 tires from over 250 miles of County roadway. These efforts save the County over $10 million every year.
MCDOT Adopt A Highway Volunteer groups choose at least two dates a year to clean up their “adopted” section of County roadway. MCDOT installs roadside signage that features the adopting group’s name. On scheduled cleanup days, MCDOT provides temporary traffic signage, trash bags, safety information, safety glasses, gloves, and vests. Volunteers also have the option to redeem any recyclables they collect during their roadside cleanups for cash to benefit their organizations.