JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Mississippi Department of Transportation
Have you ever been driving along a quiet back road with the windows down and the warm breeze blowing through your hair while thoughtfully admiring the late afternoon scenery surrounding you? You admire the gentle, rolling green hills that intersect with a stately row of pine trees in the distance...and the sting of haphazardly discarded litter along the highway. It's a fact: Mississippi has a serious problem with litter along roadways. In order to bring awareness to the prevalence of litter across the country, to promote recycling and to preserve our nation's resources, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) supports America Recycles Day on November 15.
The average U.S. citizen generates 4.4 pounds of trash and recyclables each day. Over the course of a year, that total becomes 250 million tons of trash. If trash is not disposed of correctly, it easily becomes litter that mars the natural beauty and health of our environment.
MDOT offers these tips on how you can join in the journey to a cleaner Mississippi and cleaner America through recycling household products and preventing litter:
- Never throw anything from your vehicle.
- Use a trashcan and encourage others to do so.
- When hauling materials and trash in your vehicle, make sure your load is secure at all times.
- Keep the bed of your pickup truck free of debris that could blow out onto the roadways.
- Consider common household items that can be recycled directly into a curbside bin: magazines, tissue boxes, soap boxes, shampoo bottles, mail and toilet paper rolls.
- Plastic bags, electronics and textiles should be recycled but not into a curbside bin.
- Go online to www.iwanttoberecycled.org to find out about your local recycling options.
As America Recycles Day approaches, MDOT is proud to partner with Keep Mississippi Beautiful in order to work towards a cleaner, litter-free state. We encourage each person to do their part by recycling, preventing litter and helping to preserve the beauty of our state. Don't trash Mississippi!