With the calendar turning to April, spring cleaning is set to begin in many places, including along state roadways.

The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced its annual Trash Bash aimed at cleaning up roadside debris. The Trash Bash is set to begin this Saturday, April 5th and will run through April 27th.

The Trash Bash is done in conjunction with National Earth Day as part of those efforts to raise awareness of litter. More than 20 thousand 600 bags of trash were collected from more than 34 hundred miles of Indiana roadways last year. Those who participate in the cleanup are INDOT maintenance crews, offenders with the state department of corrections, and more than 16 hundred Adopt-A-Highway volunteers.

In addition to the trash, more than 12 hundred 50 cubic yards of loose debris were picked up off of roadside areas last year. The debris ranged from everyday junk to strange items like an electric meter, laptop, or even…cash.

Doug Garrison is the communications director for the Indiana Department of Corrections. He says the partnership with INDOT helps the inmates and the state:

Now there are several things that you can be doing to help keep the highways clean. These include not littering, being responsible by carrying trash bags in your vehicle, reporting areas where garbage has been dumped illegally, and sponsoring a stretch of roadway through the state Adopt-A-Highway program.

For more information on highway cleaning efforts, you can call 1-800-279-5758. INDOT is also encouraging folks to use caution and consider worker safety when encountering roadside cleanup crews.