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DID YOU KNOW? Douglas County started the Adopt-A-Highway program in 1990. Douglas County has 540 miles of county roads. There are 335 miles of highway in Douglas County in the Adopt-A-Highway program. There are 139 volunteer groups in Douglas County participating in the program. In 2009, there were 1,448 bags of trash disposed of by the county from this program.

Adopt-A-Highway effort gets results

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It takes between 10 and 20 years for a plastic bag to decompose if thrown in the ditch alongside a highway.

It takes between one and five years for a cigarette butt that has been thrown out a window to decompose.

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An aluminum can takes between 200 and 500 years to break down.

These were just some of the facts shared by Douglas County Public Works Director Dave Robley at Tuesday's regular county board meeting.

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