Highway Clean-up Campaign
Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, May 3, 2011
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Scotia Adopt-a-Highway Program
for a way to make a difference?
Nova Scotia Adopt-A-Highway program gives volunteer
groups the opportunity to help their communities by
collecting litter and beautifying roadsides and interchange
In Nova Scotia, the program was started in 1997 with
an initial 18 volunteer groups. Today, we have over 160
groups who have adopted more than 1000 kilometers of
secondary road and fourteen 100-Series highway Interchange
areas (Exits) throughout the province. On average, 5-6 thousand bags of
garbage and recyclable materials are picked up along
adopted Nova Scotia highways each year.
What do I do next? It's simple.
It's a free, easy way for groups to help their communities,
make a visible impact and earn some well-deserved recognition.
- Choose a five kilometer stretch of secondary highway
or a 100-Series Highway Interchange/Exit.
- Contact the Adopt-A-Highway office for an application.
- Clean your highway or interchange twice per year; once
in the spring and once in the fall.
- Separate your recyclable materials from regular garbage.
- Submit your cleanup information to the Adopt-A-Highway
office after each cleanup.
- Receive two Adopt-A-Highway signs marking either end
of the adopted highway section or either side of the adopted
Adopt-A-Highway and the Department of Transportation will
provide your volunteers with appropriate permits, safety
vests, and litter bags. We can also assist with transporting
the collected litter to approved landfill sites.
How much of a difference does adopting make?
Motorists respond. Seeing our Adopt-A-Highway signs and
our volunteers at work resonates with would-be littering
offenders. Research has shown that highways adopted by Adopt-A-Highway
Volunteers are generally less littered than those that haven't
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Nova Scotia Environment
Department of Transportation and Infrastructure
The Lions Clubs of Nova Scotia (founding member)
Clean Nova Scotia (founding member)
The Women's Institutes of Nova Scotia (founding member)
Our major financial supporter is RRFB Nova Scotia (Resource
Recovery Fund Board)