By JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Companies working in North Dakota's booming oil patch say they're starting a new initiative to clean up the human waste, old tires and other trash littering the state's highways.
The Associated Press reported last month that oil patch communities are struggling to combat the growing trash problem that includes urine-filled jugs tossed by truckers.
A spokeswoman for the North Dakota Petroleum Council says the oil industry planned to address the problem but the international publicity "speeded us up a little bit."
The council said Tuesday it will launch a "Pick up the Patch" campaign Wednesday along a stretch of highway near Dickinson. The council represents about 350 companies working in the oil patch.
Spokeswoman Alexis Brinkman says members are being encouraged to establish long-term programs, not just one-time trash pickups.
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