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MDOT hopes to reduce litter on highways

The average American reportedly produces 4.4 pounds of trash and recyclables every day. (Photo source: WLOX) The average American reportedly produces 4.4 pounds of trash and recyclables every day. (Photo source: WLOX)
Mississippi Department of Transportation is hoping to reduce the amount of trash on our roads. (Photo source: WLOX) Mississippi Department of Transportation is hoping to reduce the amount of trash on our roads. (Photo source: WLOX)
MDOT is trying to get the message across that the side of the highway is not the place for trash. (Photo source: WLOX) MDOT is trying to get the message across that the side of the highway is not the place for trash. (Photo source: WLOX)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

No more trash on our roads. That's the goal that the Mississippi Department of Transportation is hoping to get across to everyone in the state.

According to MDOT, the average American produces 4.4 pounds of trash and recyclables every day. That adds up to 250 million tons of trash in the U.S. every year.

A study by Keep America Beautiful says more than 51 billion pieces of that trash ends up being litter each year. It seems that MDOT officials may not be the only ones fed up with that number.

"I don't want to see my city or my county all trashed up," said Donald Coleman, Gulfport resident.

While some drivers may be a part of the litter problem, others try to help where they can. Coleman said he tries to pick up trash when he sees it. And he doesn't stop there.

"I even recycle cans and stuff," said Coleman.

Coleman said it’s a habit everyone should practice. Trash pick-up can cost in the millions per year throughout the country.

Here in Mississippi, that number is around three million according to MDOT. Some drivers believe that number could be reduced if a simple choice was made.

"Just keep it in your car, and put in the trash can. It's not hard," said Jermaine Galloway of Ocean Springs.

But trash still finds its way to the road. "I see a lot of trash on the side of the highway," said Galloway.

MDOT is trying to get the message across that the side of the highway is not the place for trash. They hope drivers will make an effort to save the trash for its proper resting place.

MDOT hosts a daily campaign to keep our roadways clean. To find out more, just visit MDOT’s website

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