Volunteers helping with the Adopt-a-Highway program pick up 26,000 tons of litter per year, saving the state an estimated $6 million annually, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Volunteers helping with the Adopt-a-Highway program pick up 26,000 tons of litter per year, saving the state an estimated $6 million annually, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The Adopt a Highway program currently is staffed by more than 49,000 volunteers from the public who are helping to clean up 11,000 miles of Minnesota’s highways.

Even with these great efforts, MnDOT is looking for more volunteers to help with this public service campaign.

To become part of the program, the volunteer groups agree to:

Adopt a highway for a minimum of two yearsSelect a segment of highway approximately two miles in lengthPick up litter on both sides of the highwayPick up litter as often as needed from spring through fall, usually two to three times 

MnDOT provides safety vests for each volunteer and trash bags for cleanup events. The high-visibility color and reflective tape help make litter crews more visible to passing motorists.

MnDOT crews pick up the filled bags and large, heavy or hazardous items from the roadside after the group completes its cleanup. State workers, not volunteers, are responsible for litter pickup along the interstate.