Adopt-A-Road!

Impact Area

Improve Environment

Volunteer Group Name & URL

Bill Agnostak

Organization Served & URL

Department of Transportation - Adopt A Road

Project Goal/Description

To beautify roads where the County doesn’t have enough resources to clean up all litter- on mostly secondary roads. This particular volunteer does his cleanup on Dufief Mill Road.

Timeline for Planning

  • At least 6 times a year: Pick a day to clean up a mile-long stretch of road, preferably with a group.
  • A week before your cleanup: Call or email to arrange pick up of Adopt-A-Road supplies that are provided to volunteers each quarter. The Community Outreach office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.
  • Right before your clean-up: Arrange to meet up with your group at the site.
  • If it rains or snows right before: Go another day. It will be much easier to clean up on dry ground!

How Many Volunteers

Bill does the cleanup by himself, but it can also be done with a group of family members, friends, colleagues, or others.

How Was This Publicized to Recruit Volunteers?

None needed for the project. A sign is hung by the County with the name of the individual or group that is responsible for cleaning that road.

Required Facilities, Materials & Expenses

None, other than gas to pick up the trash bags or to drive to the street.

Challenges

• It can be hard to recycle items that you pick up if you do it on your own. But if you have a group of people then one person could be designated to carry the recycling bag. • County bus stops tend to be place where people throw trash, so there can be a lot to carry, including broken glass, if those are on your route. • There can be animals such as dead cats, foxes, and deer. For big animals, you can call the County for pickup.

Group Type

Neighborhood/Civic AssociationService Club

Strategic Priority Addressed

Healthy & Sustainable Communities

Result

The road looks much cleaner and road signs don’t stay in the ground indefinitely. “It’s a very worthwhile program and one of the easier volunteer jobs to do,” Bill says.

Special Points of Interest

  • Wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting very dirty.
  • Wear gloves to pick up things like glass, and use tools to pick up trash in poison ivy or stickers.