Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Adopt a Road Volunteer Program Posts Gains in Litter Pickups

Adopt a Road and Adopt a Spot volunteers who clean roads and locations throughout Montgomery County increased the amount of trash collected by 17 percent and the number of cleanings by 26 percent since last fiscal year. Less than half the volunteer groups reported on their activities, but those that did conducted 654 cleanings, collecting the equivalent of 2,654, 50-gallon bags of trash.

Adopt a Road Volunteers at Work

The program is administered by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) in cooperation with the Keep Montgomery County Beautiful Task Force and has more than 2,500 volunteers who routinely clean about 380 County road segments.

Activity peaked this spring in connection with Earth Month. During April, 43 groups reported conducting 62 cleanings, collecting 19,575 gallons of trash (the equivalent of 435, 50-gallon trash bags).

Visit the MCDOT’s website for more information about adopting a road segment or a spot, and obtain an application. Or, call MCDOT's Office of Community Outreach at 240-777-7155.