MCDOT's volunteer-based Adopt A Road program, in which residents, civic, business, and other groups or individuals conduct regular cleanings of road segments throughout the county, has compiled a summary of the amount of trash picked up over the last fiscal year.
There were 362 community groups enrolled in the program as of the end of FY13 (June 30, 2013). The participants are requested to report all of their cleanings to MCDOT's Community Outreach office, who manages the program, in an effort to evaluate the program's impact and assist the region in monitoring trash levels. Of the participants, 146 groups reported clean ups, which represents 40 percent of the total. This reporting segment accounted for 520 clean ups. These cleanings in turn accounted for 2,262 (32 gallon) trash bags collected.
Since the data reflects only the reported cleanings from less than half of the volunteer groups, it understates the overall very positive impact of the program. Adopt A Road is designed to both keep the county looking clean and protect the county's streams and creeks from an influx of harmful litter and debris.
For more information on the program, including a list of selected candidate roads avaliable for adoption, visit MCDOT's Adopt A Road website or call the Community Outreach office at 240.777.7155.