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Iowa Highways - Getting Trashed

April 5, 2007



Des Moines, IA - Everything from fast-food containers to empty cans and bottles lines Iowa's roadways each spring. It is a constant struggle for the Iowa Department of Transportation and volunteers to pick up after motorists who toss garbage out the window. In 2005, 235 tons of trash were removed by the DOT. Will Zitterich, the assistant maintenance director of the department says much of the litter is bottles and cans not covered by the state's deposit law.

"The more valuable it is in a deposit, I would think that people would not be throwing it out the window."

Zitterich notes almost everything that ends up along the highways could be reused.

"People are out on the right of way picking up cans and bottles that have a deposit on them and recycling those, but it's possible to recycle probably most of everything that's on the right of way."

He says the DOT spends 17,000 employee hours a year just picking up litter, time that workers could be doing road repairs and other highway maintenance.

"It is a constant struggle for the Iowa Department of Transportation and volunteers to pick up after motorists who toss garbage out the window."

Dick Layman/Eric Mack, Public News Service - IA