FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Volunteers will soon be out in force to pick up litter along Kentucky's highways.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has set next week as Adopt-a-Highway Spring Clean Week.
More than 700 volunteer groups participate in Kentucky's Adopt-a-Highway program, which was established in 1988.
Volunteers clean about 4,800 miles of roadside annually.
The Transportation Cabinet says it devotes about $5 million and 200,000 worker hours each year to remove 96,000 bags of highway litter. It says Adopt-a-Highway volunteers help save taxpayer dollars and demonstrate that a clean environment is a shared responsibility.
Any business, association, community or public organization, or government entity can adopt a stretch of highway.
Participating groups include homemaker clubs, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, high school organizations, service clubs, veterans, college fraternities and sororities, sports teams and church groups.
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