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INDOT hopes to clean up interstates with Trash Bash effort

Posted at 3:47 PM, Apr 08, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — If you're driving on I-65 near Fletcher Avenue, you'll see a lot more than only cars.

"It just makes you wonder why people are so lazy and keep throwing garbage out the windows," Matt Reardon, who lives in Fletcher Place, said.

From plastic cups to food wrappers, gasoline containers to tires, the shoulders of the highway are littered in trash and are nothing short of eyesores.

"When you're driving into town and see garbage on the side of the road, you think, what kind of a pigsty am I coming in to?" Reardon said.

INDOT hopes to spruce up the interstates with Trash Bash, an event when INDOT crews and volunteers work to pick up the litter.
Last year, the effort lasted only two days and a total of 3457 bags of trash were collected.

This year, the effort is extended to 15 days, and INDOT said they hope more people can find time to help, thus increasing productivity.

"There's probably a lot of people that have time on their hands that you can throw a yellow vest on and go out on the side of the road and pick up garbage,” Reardon said.

But, there is an easier fix to the trash troubles: “Hey how about this, throw your trash away when you go to the gas station. Try that out for a change,” said Reardon.

Simple as that.

INDOT’s Trash Bash begins Monday, April 15 and will continue through Tuesday, April 30.

If you or your organization wish to help in the Trash Bash efforts, you can learn how to do so by clicking here.