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Litter costing taxpayers millions in Mississippi

Litter costing taxpayers millions to clean. Litter costing taxpayers millions to clean.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -  Transportation Commissioner Tom King said Mississippi is a beautiful state, but litter is a huge and costly distraction.

“Littering is a large problem in Mississippi. It's a turn off for businesses, and it's a turn off for tourists,” King said.

King said litter is costing the state and taxpayers over $3 million.

“That's highway money, bridge money that we could be putting on highways right now,” King added.

King said the biggest violators when it comes to littering are males ages 12-35. He said it needs to stop.

“Let's take care of our state, it is a beautiful state,” King said.

Campaign signs add to the cost of litter cleanup when they are illegally placed.

“We have a maintenance facility in each county and keep them for two weeks and whatever signs we've picked up, you're welcome to com e by the maintenance facility and pick those signs up,” King added.

MDOT has Adopt-A-Highway program which allows the public to get involved.  Fraternities, church groups, scout programs, etc., can adopt a section of a highway to help keep the area clean. 


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