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New Hampshire the Beautiful, Inc. presented the Governor and Council with their annual donation of blue bags for the Litter Free Highway Program.

The bags were delivered to the NH Department of Transportation (DOT) in Concord to be distributed to other DOT districts across the state.

The New Hampshire DOT’s Sponsor-A-Highway program, in cooperation with New Hampshire the Beautiful, coordinates volunteers to remove litter from portions of the state’s highway system. The New Hampshire legislature established the program through RSA 230:83 and administrative rules were adopted on April 1, 1994. Volunteer groups are asked to sponsor both sides of a two mile section of highway and agree to a two year commitment; and volunteers are asked to remove litter four times between April and November. In 2013, 13,800 bags of litter were removed equaling approximately 35 tons or 46,000 cubic feet of litter. Since 2007, New Hampshire the Beautiful has donated 282,450 bags to the NH DOT for litter clean up efforts at a value of over $28,000.

In addition to the donation of bags to NH DOT, NH the Beautiful also provides bags to communities across the state. Since 2007, a total of 565,650 bags (at a value of over $ 56,000) have been donated for litter clean up efforts in New Hampshire.

Published in the July 2014 Edition of American Recycler News