Adopt a Highway
Guidelines for Participating
- All litter pick-up activities will be restricted to areas of the right-of-way outside the pavement and shoulder areas. No litter pick-up will occur in the median area of multi-lane or freeway type roadways.
- No youth under the age of 11 will be permitted to pick up litter within the highway right-of-way. All youths between the ages of 11 and 18 must be accompanied by at least one adult per five youths in this age requirement.
- Each organization will designate a contact/safety representative that will arrange to meet with an Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) representative prior to the first scheduled litter pick-up and at least annually thereafter.
- A safety meeting will be conducted immediately prior to each scheduled litter pick-up. AHTD will assist in planning the meeting and volunteers will be made aware of the hazardous nature of the work they will be performing.
- No litter pick-up will be performed unless advance warning signs (provided by AHTD) are set-up alerting motorists to the presence of volunteers along the side of the road.
- All volunteers will wear an appropriate safety vest furnished by AHTD. These must be obtained from the Department during regular business hours and returned within one week after litter pick-up has occurred.
- AHTD will provide litter bags to volunteers. Bagged litter is to be placed along the outside edge of the shoulder for collection and disposal by AHTD maintenance personnel. Unused litter bags must be returned within one week after litter pick-up has occurred.
- After each pick-up event, participants must file simple reports detailing the number of people involved, the number of bags of litter collected, and the number of hours spent picking up litter. Postage-paid litter pick-up report forms will be furnished by AHTD. This record keeping activity is crucial in tracking the program’s success and will allow us to provide anonymous litter collection statistics to help promote the program.
At least two report forms must be received in a 12-month period (one year). If this requirement is not met, we will assume volunteers no longer wish to adopt that section of highway and it will immediately be made available to volunteers on a waiting list.
- AHTD will install an identification sign on each end of the adopted section of highway to recognize the community service being performed.
- AHTD will assist volunteers with litter pick-up, promotional and media activities to the extent practical. A two-week notice should be provided when requesting assistance.
- AHTD will present volunteers with a certificate of recognition upon successful completion of each year in the program.