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Indiana Department of Transportation

INDOT > Current Programs > Certified Technician Program > Why is Litter Such a Problem > What Can You Do? What Can You Do?

Litter is a costly problem. Each year, INDOT must spend money and expends employee manhours picking up litter along state highways and roads. This money and time could be spent to improve Indiana's roadways or rest areas if people would throw trash in designated bins rather than along state highways.

Here's what you can do to help keep Indiana highways clean, restore our state's natural beauty, and save Indiana tax dollars:

  • Set an example for others, especially children, by not littering.
  • Carry a litter bag in your car.
  • Make sure trash cans have lids that can be securely fastened. If you have curbside trach collection, don't put loose trash in boxes or untied bags.
  • Tie papers in a bundle before placing them in a curbside recycling bin.
  • If you own a business, check dumpsters daily to see that top and side doors are closed.
  • Report areas where people have illegally dumped garbage and debris to your local transportation, public works or conservation office, and ask that the material be removed.
  • If you or a member of your family is involved in a civic group, scouting or recreational sports program, encourage the group to "adopt a highway" and maintain it on a regular basis. Call 317-232-5533 (Ext. 0) for details.

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