The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is accepting registrations for the Sept. 29 Adopt-a-Highway fall statewide cleanup. The registration deadline is Sept. 14.
Co-sponsored by the DEP and the state Division of Highways, the Adopt-A-Highway program is administered by the DEP's Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan. Its goals include improving the quality of our environment by encouraging public involvement in the elimination of highway litter.
Individuals, families, churches, businesses, schools, civic organizations, government agencies and communities can register to pick up trash on almost any state-maintained road, back road or main route. Private roads and interstate highways cannot be adopted.
The Adopt-a-Highway program provides garbage bags, work gloves and safety vests to volunteers. The state also takes care of disposing of collected trash. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old to participate.
More than 3,400 volunteers turned out for the fall 2011 cleanup and cleared more than 1,500 miles of roadways.
Since the program's inception in 1988, citizens have cleaned up close to 70,000 miles of state highways and roads during annual spring and fall events.