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Adopt-A-Highway collection begins

The first Michigan Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway pickup of 2019 begins this weekend and next for the southern half of the Lower Peninsula.

Volunteers will fan out across the southern section of the state to give Michigan’s highway roadsides their annual spring cleaning.

Volunteers pick up litter three times this year, including a summer pickup July 13 to 21 and a fall pickup Sept. 21 to 29.

The Adopt-A-Highway program began in Michigan in 1990. Today, more than 2,700 groups have adopted more than 6,300 miles of state highway. The volunteers collect 60,000 to 70,000 bags of trash annually.

Several landfills in southwestern Michigan are also chipping in to help the AAH program. They include Westside Landfill in St. Joseph County.

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