In response to growing public concern
about trash and debris along North Carolina’s roadways, the N.C. Department of
Transportation established the Adopt-a-Highway program in 1988. Since then, tens of thousands of volunteers have reduced litter and also saved taxpayers millions of dollars annually in roadside cleanup costs.
Adopt-A-Highway has more than 120,000 participants across the state — civic and community groups, including schools, religious,
professional and social organizations, as well as individuals and
There is no fee to
be part of the program, but NCDOT asks
volunteer groups to commit at least four years to a 2-mile stretch of roadway.
Litter cleanups happen a minimum of four times a year, and sometimes more on
heavily traveled roads.
NCDOT installs two Adopt-A-Highway signs with a recognition
panel on the adopted roadway and provides training and materials so volunteers can safely carry out their goals.