It’s “No Trash November,” a month-long statewide initiative encouraging Tennesseans to participate in cleanup events in their communities.

The initiative is sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Transportation as part of TDOT’s ongoing “Nobody Trashes Tennessee” program.

“As we approach the holidays and increased travel, we want to ensure our roadways are safe from the harmful effects of litter,” TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright said in a news release.

“Whether intentional or unintentional, litter on our roads impacts safety, the environment, and the economy, while also detracting from the state’s natural beauty. We are grateful for our many partners across the state coming together in November to help prevent and reduce litter,” Bright said.

In partnership with Keep Tennessee Beautiful and Adopt-A-Highway groups, residents are invited to join the public events being held across the state.

“We are rallying our local Keep America Beautiful affiliates to participate in the first-ever No Trash November campaign to help reach the goal to remove 20,000 pounds of litter from our roads. All year long, KTnB works hard to improve and beautify communities, and we know that when we come together, we can make an even bigger impact,” Missy Marshall, executive director of Keep Tennessee Beautiful, said in the release.

Existing Adopt-A-Highway groups are also invited to participate in No Trash November by conducting one of their four litter cleanups on their designated two miles of roadway during the month. Individuals, groups, and organizations interested in the free program may visit the Adopt-A-Highway map to view available routes in their community.

To find a local cleanup and to register a group, visit nobodytrashestennessee.com. Campaign tools and resources, including a cleanup location map and a trash tracker measuring pounds collected, are also available online.

All residents are encouraged to show their support for a litter-free Tennessee by using the #NoTrashNovember Facebook profile frame and the #NobodyTrashesTennessee and #NoTrashNovember hashtags in social media to highlight their litter prevention actions throughout the month.

For additional ways to participate in No Trash November, visit: nobodytrashestennessee.com/5-ways-to-get-involved-with-no-trash-november/.