If there’s trash in your yard, you probably pick it up and dispose of it. However, picking up trash on the side of the highway is a little different and much more dangerous. You need reflective safety vests, reaching tools, appropriate highway pick up bags and gloves-because you don’t know what you might find.
Last Monday, the HR and corporate service teams went out to Shape’s stretch of US-31, between Ferrysburg and VanWagoner Road. Associates picked up many things that had either been thrown out of a vehicle, or had blown out of it. A half dozen butternut squashes were found, gloves, car parts, plastic bags, Styrofoam cups and much more.
After it was all said and done, associates counted their bags, totaling 41 bags of trash picked up and the highway looked clean again. Since joining the Adopt-A-Highway program in the fall of 2006, Shape has picked up a cumulative of 1,006 bags of trash throughout the past 9 years.