Spring is here and it's time to spruce up Indiana's highways again. And the state is asking for our help.

The Indiana Department of Transportation's annual Trash Bash begins Saturday and runs through April 27. The event coincides with Earth Day.

In 2013 more than 20,000 bags of trash were collected from alongside 3,400 miles of Indiana roadways by maintenance crews, prison inmates and volunteers. Crews also gathered more than 1,250 cubic yards of loose debris, including an electric meter, a laptop computer, a horse whip and other items.

The Department of Transportation encourages Indiana residents to set a good example by carrying trash bags in their cars instead of tossing debris out windows.

INDOT encourages all Hoosiers to keep highways clean by following some simple tips:

• Don't litter: Set a good example for everyone, especially children.

• Report it: Report areas where people have illegally dumped garbage to your local transportation, public works or conservation office.

• Adopt it: To find out how your group can become involved in helping beautify an area near you by participating in Adopt-A-Highway, Sponsor-A-Highway or other highway beautification efforts please contact INDOT Customer Service at the Seymour District Office at 877-305-7611.

Currently 35 organizations, churches, businesses and industry groups are listed as Adopt-A-Highway participants in Southeast Indiana.

And please be careful. As you travel along Indiana's roadways watch for crews as they are cleaning the roadside.  Reduce your speed, use caution and consider worker safety when traveling through the area.