The first Adopt-A-Highway cleanups of 2014 are getting underway this weekend. Volunteers will pick up trash along roads across the Lower Peninsula from April 12th to the 20th. There is still too much snow in the U.P. and northern Lower Michigan for people to have any success, so those trash collections are being pushed back to April 26 to May 4. Last year, groups collected an estimated 70,000 bags of trash, which MDOT officials say saved the state $5.5 million. You'll be able to identify the volunteers through their yellow-green safety vests that are required by federal law. MDOT provides the vests and trash bags for free, and also hauls away the garbage. In order to take part, crew members need to be at least 12 years old and every group of volunteers needs at least three people.
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