Adopt-a-Highway

Attention Adopt-a-Highway Volunteers!

VDOT encourages Adopt-a-Highway participants to schedule one of their two yearly pickups during April to coincide with “Earth Day” or in the fall to coincide with the autumn "Great State Trash-Off." 

If your group cannot participate on those dates, or weather makes it unsafe to pick up litter, schedule your cleanups for other spring and fall dates.

The Adopt-a-Highway program provides an opportunity for you or your family, business or civic group to clean up litter, and we will recognize your efforts by erecting a sign with your group's name after two pickups have occurred and been documented. 

In 2012, more than 1,000 groups totaling more than 16,000 participants collected upwards of 25,000 bags of waste. That equates to over 5,000 cubic yards of trash along 2,118 miles of Virginia highways.  

We estimate that saves the commonwealth over $1.5 million that would have otherwise gone to clean up Virginia’s roads. 

AAH Volunteer Obligation

AAH volunteers agree to pick up litter at least two times a year for three years over a two-mile stretch of highway. In return, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) provides trash bags, vests, important safety information, and highway signs that recognize your group. Learn more here.

Other Opportunities

If you notice an increase in litter on a particular stretch of road, notify us at 800-PRIDEVA (800-774-3382), e-mail adoptahighway@VirginiaDOT.org or contact the Adopt-a-Highway coordinator in your area.

If the road qualifies for the Adopt-a-Highway program, we can list it as a road “most in need” of adoption.

If it does not qualify for the program , we'll forward the information to local the VDOT Maintenance office.

VDOT works with other state agencies and organizations to prevent and control litter. Learn more here.
 

Loudoun Highway Segments (Pilot Program)

The Virginia Department of Transportation is testing a new feature that allows you to view satellite images showing both highways available for adoption and those that have been adopted. More 

 

Page last modified: May 20, 2014