LA PORTE - Mother Nature has been relentless this winter.

The snow is finally beginning to melt and that means it's time to begin the Indiana Department of Transportation's (INDOT's) spring cleaning.

The annual Trash Bash takes place from April 5 to 27 and coincides with National Earth Day.

In 2013 more than 20,000 bags of trash were collected by INDOT crews, work crews from the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) and 1,600 Adopt-A-Highway volunteers.

Also collected were 1,256 cubic yards of loose debris which included some strange items including an electric meter, laptop, horse whip and cash.

Inmate work crews from both the Indiana State Prison and Westville Correctional Facility will be assigned to various stretches of state and local highways to pick up debris.

They will be under the watchful eye of trained staff from both the DOC and INDOT.

The public is reminded to follow the posted work zone speed limit, use caution and consider worker safety when traveling through a clean-up zone, just as they should for any work or safety crew on our roads.

"The Department of Corrections strives to rehabilitate offenders in many ways and cleaning up Hoosier highways is one program that allows them to give back to the community and turn doing time into doing good," said Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner Bruce Lemmon. "Partnering with INDOT in their Annual Trash Bash and helping brighten up our great state is one of our agency's favorite activities."

INDOT encourages all Hoosiers to keep Indiana's highways clean by following some simple tips:

  • Don't litter: Set a good example for everyone, especially children.
  • Be responsible: Carry a litter bag in your car instead of tossing trash out the window.
  • Report it: Report areas where people have illegally dumped garbage to your local transportation, public works or conservation office.
  • Adopt it: To find out how your group can become involved in helping beautify an area near you by participating in Adopt-A-Highway, Sponsor-A-Highway or other highway beautification efforts please contact our Customer Service Department at (800) 279-5758.

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