If you’re like me (and it’s probably best for humankind if you’re not), when you drive by one of those adopt-a-highway signs, your mind conjures up positive images of civic-minded volunteers picking up roadside trash and not doing so as court-ordered community service.
So I was crestfallen (which does not mean I dropped my toothpaste) to learn this harsh reality of capitalism: There are companies that highway adopters/sponsors can hire to do the picking up for them.
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