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This year's Trash Bash targets Harrison County

JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD/FILEMississippi Department of Transportation employees pick up trash along Mississippi 607 in Hancock County in 2012. The workers were part of crews picking up trash along highways in Hancock County for their annual Trash Bash. This year, hundreds of MDOT employees will collect litter along highways in Harrison County on May 5.
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD/FILEMississippi Department of Transportation employees pick up trash along Mississippi 607 in Hancock County in 2012. The workers were part of crews picking up trash along highways in Hancock County for their annual Trash Bash. This year, hundreds of MDOT employees will collect litter along highways in Harrison County on May 5.

Crews will be attacking litter next week during the 26th annual Trash Bash.

About 300 Mississippi Department of Transportation District 6 employees will swarm along the highways in Harrison County May 5 for the annual spring cleaning.

The crews will begin the cleanup operation at 8 a.m. Thursday and continue for several hours throughout the day.

Workers will be assigned locations along nearly 250 miles of the following highways in Harrison County:

-- Mississippi 67

-- Mississippi 15

-- Mississippi 605

-- U.S. 49

Last spring, 2,000 MDOT volunteers picked up more than 6,000 bags of trash across Mississippi highways. In District 6 in South Mississippi, volunteers collected more than 1,000 bags of trash.

"MDOT employees look forward to this annual Trash Bash each spring in part because they know this event has a huge impact on the areas selected for clean-up operations," said Transportation Commissioner Tom King. "We hope that this event inspires everyone to appreciate the beauty of our state and properly dispose of trash both here in South Mississippi and state-wide."

Motorists are urged to watch out for workers who will be stationed along the designated cleanup routes. In the event of inclement weather, the Trash Bash will be postponed.

Trash Bash is MDOT's contribution to the 2016 Great American Cleanup, a year-long campaign presented by "Keep America Beautiful." Each year, the Keep America Beautiful organization brings together millions of volunteers in thousands of communities across the country, to clean public land along roads, host recycling drives, spruce up local parks and playgrounds and plant trees.

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