For information about the Adopt-A-Road program, call 503-846-ROAD (846-7623) or e-mail us.

What is Adopt-A-Road? 

adopt a road crewAdopt-A-Road is a public service volunteer program that provides an opportunity for community groups, families, churches, service organizations, schools and businesses to pick up litter along County roadsides or to maintain landscaped areas in County road medians.

How does the litter pickup program work?

Participating groups agree to:

  • Adopt a stretch of county road for at least two years.
  • Choose a segment of road at least one mile long.
  • Pick up litter at least twice a year.
  • Have a representative sign an agreement on behalf of the entire group.

Washington County:

  • Helps to select a road and evaluate it for safety.
  • Lends participating groups safety vests, traffic safety signs and devices.
  • Provides plastic trash bags and safety training materials.
  • Picks up filled trash bags and removes any large, heavy or hazardous materials.
  • Erects a sign at the adopted road site recognizing the group's efforts.

How does the landscape maintenance program work?

Each location is unique and each volunteer group's commitment is different depending on the adopted location. Contact us to learn more.

Additional details:

  • A group representative will sign an agreement on behalf of the entire group.
  • All participants must be at least 12 years old; a parental release and adult supervision is required for participants between the ages of 12 and 18.
  • Safety is our first concern and should be the group's as well.
  • The group representative must review safety rules with all participants before each outing.
  • The group will need to schedule outings in advance; work may not be allowed near holidays or when roadwork is scheduled.

Download: Adopt-A-Road brochure (English or Spanish)

Related: Learn more about the impact of litter from SOLVE