MDOT partners with Anne Arundel to curb litter

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration is partnering with Anne Arundel County to get trash off the roads.

“Litter along Maryland roadways is unsightly, causes harm to our waterways and wildlife, and costs taxpayers more than $7 million a year,” MDOT SHA Administrator Tim Smith said in a statement. “It’s a terrible problem that can be improved by all Marylanders tackling the issue together.”

The partnership will involve a quarterly litter sweep campaign along designated state and county roads. Crews from MDOT and the county will collect and dispose of litter from Tuesday until Friday in northern areas.

MDOT SHA said it spends about $7.9 million every year collecting and disposing of 5,000 loads of litter on state roads. And more than $39 million has been spent over the last five years.

In Anne Arundel County alone, MDOT SHA spent over $650,000 in fiscal 2021. Anne Arundel’s Department of Public Works spends more than $392,000 yearly.

“We’re excited to partner with MDOT SHA in tackling litter in Anne Arundel County,” County Executive Steuart Pittman said in the statement. “I encourage all residents to make litter cleanup a priority in their neighborhoods.”

Digital signs will be put up on roads to alert drivers that a litter sweep is in progress; they’ll either need to move over a lane or slow down near work crews.

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for WTOP.com. He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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