Marrocco honored for commitment to environmental program

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published March 29, 2016

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MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco was recently honored by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for his 10-year commitment to the Adopt-A-Highway program.

Marrocco sponsors and volunteers with the cleanup of 2 miles of Hall Road through the program.

“We have to start somewhere,” Marrocco said. “Why not start in our own county, get the trash cleaned up, then we can focus on prevention and make an even bigger impact in keeping Macomb beautiful.”

Adopt-A-Highway is an MDOT program designed to help keep the state’s highway roadsides clean and attractive. About 3,000 organizations have adopted highways across Michigan, cleaning up cigarette butts, grocery bags, bottles and more.

Marrocco and his team of volunteers clean the 2-mile section of Hall Road, north and south sides, between Fairchild and Card roads. Cleanups occur three Saturdays a year — in April, July and September.

“MDOT is fortunate to have Mr. Marrocco participate for 10 years with Adopt-A-Highway,” said MDOT Macomb-St. Clair Transportation Service Center Manager Drew Buckner. “Marrocco has such enthusiasm and hard work ethic, we are proud to have him as a leader in our county.”

Marrocco received two certificates: one from Gov. Rick Snyder and the state transportation director for 10 years of service with Adopt-A-Highway (2005-15), and a certificate from Snyder for 2015 roadside beautification provided to the people of Michigan.

Another component of Marrocco’s highway cleanup program is education.

“Because Macomb County is home to many animals and critters living in our local waterways, we need to keep our streets and streams clean so they don’t become ill from litter thrown into its habitat,” he said.

Over the past 25 years, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers have collected approximately 70,000 bags of litter annually. In 2015, Adopt-A-Highway cleanups generated a $5 million value for state taxpayers.

To get involved in the Adopt-A-Highway program, volunteers need to be in at least groups of three, and be at least 12 years old. Adopt-A-Highway signs display group names and are posted along the stretches of adopted highway. Sections of highway are available for adoption. For more information on highway adoption, go to www.michigan.gov/adoptahighway.

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