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"Don't Trash AZ"

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Location: Phoenix, AZ


"DON'T TRASH AZ"
Governor Announces Campaign to Reduce Litter, Clean Up Arizona Roadways
PHOENIX - Governor Janet Napolitano today announced "Don't Trash AZ," a new statewide
campaign to motivate Arizonans to pitch their trash into trash cans, not onto the roadways.
"Don't Trash AZ" is a cooperative effort between the Governor's Office, the Arizona Department
of Transportation, the Maricopa Association of Governments and other state agencies.
"It's just sad that as we drive along our freeways and streets, we see soda cans, napkins, cigarette
butts, paper, coffee cups, even large boxes and plastic buckets," Governor Napolitano said. "This
is more than an eyesore; litter is expensive to clean up and makes for very dangerous driving
conditions."
Debris on roadways nationwide causes approximately 25,000 accidents each year and more than
80 fatalities. Between 1999 and 2001, Arizona reported five fatal accidents due to road debris.
"The negative image created by litter affects every Arizonan," said the Governor. "It not only
affects our quality of life, but it creates a negative appearance for tourists, businesses considering
relocating to the state and the employees those businesses move or recruit to work in Arizona."
"Litter detracts from the great community we live in," Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock
said. "Certain litter, especially cigarette butts, contains toxic chemicals that leak into our air and
water."
Each month the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), removes more than 4,000 bags of
trash from the freeway system in Maricopa County alone. In one year, ADOT spends an average
of $2.3 million and between 65,000 and 70,000 labor hours removing litter from its 6,152 miles of
freeways throughout the state. Despite all Arizona's clean up efforts and the countless hours of
volunteers like Adopt A Highway groups, this garbage is still easily seen on our roadways.
Along with the approximately $6 million the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is
spending on litter control and landscape maintenance on freeways, MAG is also developing a new
litter prevention and education campaign.
"Don't Trash Arizona is crucial for keeping our cities and counties litter free," Phoenix
Councilmember Peggy Bilsten said. "A strong anti-litter education program will teach Arizona's
children to have pride in their communities. They can become the generation that keeps Arizona
beautiful for everyone."
The Governor encouraged every Arizonan to play a role in the "Don't Trash AZ" campaign.
Arizonans can:
• Use trash receptacles
• Carry a litterbag in your car
• If you witness someone littering, call the litter hotline
o In the Phoenix area - 602.712.4683
o Outside of Phoenix - toll free 1.877.3LITTER (1.877.354.8837)
• Become one of the more than 2,200 individual volunteers or more than 100 companies that
participate in the state's Adopt A Highway Program.

For more information, please visit www.azgovernor.gov/DontTrashAZ.

http://azgovernor.gov/dms/upload/NR_062806_%20Dont%20Trash%20AZ_v2.pdf

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