Volunteers for Adopt a Highway saved the state of Minnesota roughly $7 million last year in cleaning costs, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. MnDOT said volunteers with the program picked up 970,000 pounds of liter in 2014.
Minnesota’s early snow melt means a rapid start to a messy job this time of year — picking up roadside trash.
Minnesota transportation officials say volunteers pick up an estimated 26,000 tons of trash along state highways each year. The Department of Transportation figures the volunteers save the state an estimated $6 million annually.
On the first beautiful spring morning of the year, the Weigel family picked up trash along Highway 100 between Highway 62 and Benton Boulevard.