MDOT: Be clean. Don’t trash Mississippi.

MDOT: Be clean. Don’t trash Mississippi.

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from MDOT

Earth Day, April 22, is a day when people are encouraged to be conscious about the environment around them. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) wants to remind everyone that picking up litter is one way to cut down on pollution in Mississippi.

MDOT spends over $3 million a year picking up litter along Mississippi roadways- not counting the costs of decreased property values, decreased commerce and tourism and health risks. This is money that could be used to build and maintain our roads and bridges.

Sixty- two percent of all litter in Mississippi is deliberate, and consists mainly of convenience products and packaging. Also, litter rates along rural roads in Mississippi are 30 percent higher than in other states.

MDOT has several litter prevention programs that allow people across the state to get involved in the fight against litter.

MDOT's Adopt-A-Highway program is a great way to get involved. Anyone can apply to adopt a section of highway: fraternities or sororities, civic organizations, church groups, scout groups and commercial or private enterprises.   You can adopt a section of a state maintained highway and make a commitment to keeping it clean and litter free. To submit an application for admission into the Adopt-A-Highway Program, contact the MDOT District Litter Prevention Coordinator in your area or visit our website.

MDOT's “Myrtle the Turtle” program targets school age children, grades K-5. Included in the 30-minute presentation is an eight-minute animated video which depicts Myrtle's world. Myrtle considers all of Mississippi her home and encourages children to take responsibility to keep their home, Mississippi, clean and beautiful for all to enjoy.

This year on Earth Day think about what you can do to help make our state a more beautiful place to live, work and play. Remember, “Don't Trash Mississippi.”

For more information on any of these litter prevention programs or more, visit

or call (601) 359-7111.

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