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Adopt-A-Highway: Get Involved

Participation in North Carolina’s Adopt-A-Highway program is free. The N.C. Department of Transportation, however, asks volunteer groups to commit at least four years to cleanups along a 2-mile stretch of roadway. Litter cleanups happen at least four times a year — and sometimes more on heavily traveled roads.

Volunteers must be at least 12 years old and children 12-17 must be supervised by an adult who is at least 21 years old.

NCDOT provides participants safety training, safety vests and trash bags.

Groups may keep their adopted section of highway if their contract is renewed at the end of each four-year period and they meet their required number of pickups.

Applying to Adopt-A-Highway

To volunteer with Adopt-A-Highway, interested groups should first use the litter management map to determine roadway availability and then request a segment when submitting their online application. 

At this time, all roads and highways in Wake County are currently adopted and applications are not being accepted at this time. 

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For questions, contact a local Adopt-A-Highway coordinator.

Please Note: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all groups who are currently restricted by their organization from litter pickups should wait to apply to the Adopt-A-Highway program until those restrictions are lifted.

8/25/2021 4:58 PM