Adopt a Highway

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The widespread Adopt-a-Highway program encourages teams to volunteer to keep a section of a highway free from litter. (Specifically, the areas off to each side of the road.)

In Sponsor a Highway, instead of doing the clean-up itself, your team can pay professionals to do the work - safer on busy highways.

See the Wikipedia description of Adopt a Highway

States and various countries organize their adopt-a-highway programs. For specifics about requirements and how to sign up, you can Google "adopt a highway" and your state's name.

Oregon's Department of Transportation website includes this: The Adopt-A-Highway program provides an opportunity for volunteers to clean up litter and remove noxious weeds along state highways. Work activities may also include graffiti removal and maintenance of existing landscaped areas.

  • Volunteers may be individuals, families, groups or businesses; however, the organization must be readily identifiable as verified with the Secretary of State, group bylaws, etc.
  • Volunteers must be willing to commit to at least one year of volunteer service with a minimum of litter clean up four times a year or noxious weed removal two times a year.
  • Participants must be 16 years of age or older with at least one adult supervisor present while the work is being done. Participants should have the ability to walk in uneven terrain, lift and carry filled bags, and work safely around factors such as heavy traffic and high noise levels.
  • You provide your own transportation and set your own schedule.
  • Oregon Department of Transportation will provide trashbags, reflective vests, safety awareness information and work area signs. ODOT will also provide flags to mark large items, broken glass and other potentially dangerous items.


The team can have a meal or gathering together after a clean-up session, and discuss their experience.


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