Two West Virginia programs yield more than 400 tons of collected waste.
Spring cleanup efforts in West Virginia resulted in the collection of more than 400 tons of trash, the state's Department of Environmental Protection said.
The litter collection is the result of the efforts of more than 8,000 volunteers, who collected garbage as part of the state's Make It Shine and Adopt-A-Highway programs.
In two weeks in April, the volunteer efforts collected litter from 84 miles of stream, 60 miles of trail, 24 dumpsites and 3,586 acres of public parks. They also collected 3,000 tires as part of the efforts held in each West Virginian county, the state said.
"Every year, the program gets better," said Travis Cooper, Make It Shine coordinator for the WVDEP's Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan. "It's remarkable how much West Virginians care about their state."
More cleanup programs are slated for September.