CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) is accepting registrations for the Adopt-A-Highway Fall Statewide Cleanup, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30.
Co-sponsored by the WVDEP, the WV Division of Highways, and the Governor’s Day To Serve Program, Adopt-A-Highway is administered by the WVDEP’s Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP). Its goals include improving the quality of our environment by encouraging public involvement in the elimination of highway litter.
Individuals, families, churches, businesses, schools, civic organizations, government agencies, and communities can register to pick up trash on almost any state-maintained road, back road, or main route. Private roads and interstate highways cannot be adopted. One time clean ups for groups are accepted for registration as well. Adopt-A-Highway is also a great and easy way to obtain Community Service hours.
The Adopt-A-Highway program provides garbage bags, work gloves, and safety vests to volunteers. The state also takes care of disposing of collected trash. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old to participate.
More than 4,800 volunteers turned out for the 2016 Adopt-A-Highway fall cleanup and cleared over 1,500 miles of West Virginia roadways. Since the program’s inception in 1988, state citizens have cleaned up close to 70,000 miles of state highways and roads during annual spring and fall Adopt-A-Highway events.
To register, call 1-800-322-5530 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you reach the REAP voicemail, please leave your name, phone number, group name, date of cleanup, number of participants, and the county where your adopted road is located. In addition, if you are not a registered group and are looking to sponsor a one-time clean up please leave your name and contact information.
(304) 926-0499 ext. 1335