Volunteers and town representatives were among those taking part in cleanups this spring.

According to a release from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), more than 590,000 pounds of litter was removed from the state’s public roads, highways, and streams, thanks to volunteer efforts this spring as part of the state’s Adopt-A-Highway program and the WVDEP Make It Shine program.

Both the April events rely heavily on volunteer efforts for their success, the release said, and more than 9,500 volunteers participated this spring in cleanups that yielded almost 300 tons of trash.

The Make It Shine cleanup ran the first two weeks of April and brought in 5,654 volunteers. They participated in 189 projects that removed 371,078 pounds of litter from 319 miles of roadway, 132 miles of streams, and 48 illegal dumpsites. They also collected 1,988 discarded tires.

The Adopt-A-Highway spring cleanup took place on April 27. A total of 3,881 volunteers representing 451 groups removed more than 220,000 pounds of litter and 481 tires from just over 1,000 miles of state roads and highways.

The WVDEP’s Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) oversees both the Make It Shine and Adopt-A-Highway programs. Officials extended thanks to each and every participant this year for their efforts to keep West Virginia clean and beautiful.

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