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Paul Guggenheimer

PennDOT celebrated the 30th anniversary of its anti-litter Adopt-A-Highway program on Tuesday.

Started in 1990, the program recruits volunteers to collect litter on state-maintained roads. PennDOT estimated it has saved the agency more than $5 million annually.

PennDOT said the program has more than 100,000 volunteers for over 10,000 miles of adopted state-maintained roadways.

In PennDOT’s District 11, which includes Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties, more than 10,000 volunteers are collecting litter on nearly 500 miles of adopted roadways, the agency said.

“Their efforts have helped present a positive impression of Pennsylvania to visitors for the past 30 years, and we are truly grateful,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said of the volunteers.

PennDOT also offers volunteers an opportunity to add landscaping to their litter-collection efforts through the Adopt and Beautify program.

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