|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||CONTACT: 217/782-6953|
|APRIL 2, 2003||TTY: 217/524-4875|
ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY STATEWIDE LITTER PICK-UP DAY APRIL 12
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – The fifth annual spring statewide highway litter
pick-up day will be held Saturday, April 12, 2003, according to the Illinois
Department of Transportation (IDOT). Adopt-A-Highway groups from around the
state will be out picking up trash from Illinois roadways.
"During this long winter, the snow and slush has hidden unsightly litter
on our roadsides," said Timothy W. Martin, Illinois Transportation Secretary.
"Please be watchful of volunteer crews walking along the roadsides, not only on
April 12, but throughout the year, as they provide this valuable community
Illinois’ Adopt-A-Highway program began in 1995, and today more than
1,000 volunteer groups collect 26,500 bags of trash each year from state
highways. Even with this tremendous effort, Illinois still spends more than $12
million each year on litter pick up. More than 2,800 miles of Illinois highways
have been adopted, but more than 12,000 miles are still eligible. Interstate
highways are not eligible for adoption.
"We need your help to keep Illinois’ roadsides clean," Martin said.
"Please consider adding your group of friends, neighbors, coworkers or club
members to our list of volunteers who make a positive impact on the area where
For additional information about the Adopt-A-Highway program,
visit the Web site at
or call 217-782-6953.