Filed under: Cars + Transport, Nature + Travel, Society + Media, Waste + Recycling | Tags: Adopt a Highway, Kansas, Keep Kansas Clean, litter, Matt Bristow, pollution, trash
An old man walks through the grass on the side of the highway. He stabs trash with a sharp pole and places it into a bag. This stretch of road runs along his property and he was just trying to keep it clean. When passing motorists throw trash from their vehicles they are littering on people’s property. Someone has to pick it up. In this circumstance it was the guy who lived closest to the trash.
Throughout the state of Kansas there are organizations dedicating their time to help collect roadside trash. The Kansas Adopt a Highway program has been operating since 1990, relying on volunteers to pick up the trash of their fellow Kansans. Highways are adopted for two years and the organization’s name is posted along the side of the road.
There are many miles of roadway that are not currently adopted. In the windy state of Kansas the trash can blow far from the roadway where no one will come across it for years. When it rains the water will carry this trash into our streams and rivers. This poses a threat to wildlife and pollutes our agricultural land.
It’s bad enough that we are filling up landfills with trash. However, people will continue to throw trash from their vehicles, despite looming littering citations. As long as there are organizations to donation their time, these roadways will appear cleaner. Only if people learn to Give a Hoot, don’t Pollute, will we curb this litter problem
photo credit: johnnygeo-blog.blogspot.com
video credit: youtube.com
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