What is the Adopt-A-Road Program?
The Salem County Adopt-A-Road Program supports the ongoing effort to beautify Salem County. The program provides citizens with the opportunity to help Salem County achieve its goals of safe, attractive, and litter-free roadways. The Salem County Adopt-A-Road Program also raises the public’s awareness to the increase of roadside trash and also promotes and establishes the stewardship of public lands by citizens with cooperation between the public and government to resolve a common problem.
The problem of litter in the State of New Jersey is serious. Salem County, though sparsely populated and rural in nature, is especially susceptible to the litter problem due to the large number of vehicles which utilize its 354 miles of roadway.
Salem County encourages its visitors to tour its scenic highways. It must be remembered that even the most scenic drive is spoiled by the sight of litter thoughtlessly disposed.
The most common type of litter found on highways is paper, including fast-food containers, followed by cans and bottles. Larger items such as tires, auto parts, and household appliances can also be found.
How Does it Work?
Person(s) or groups may “Adopt” a minimum of a one mile section of a county road for at least a period of two (2) years, after signing an agreement with the Salem County Improvement Authority – Solid Waste Division. The agreement States:
- The person(s) or group must “pick-up” at least four (4) times a year,
- and the person(s) must be at least eighteen years old, In the case of a group, the group must designate a leader who is at least eighteen (18) years old,
- and the leader will ensure that safety is a priority, that each participant uses the safety equipment,
- and the leader will separate trash from recyclables,
- and the leader will complete two (2) quick forms after each litter “pick-up” to provide collection information
The Salem County Improvement Authority – Solid Waste Division supplies on-going safety equipment for each participant for the entire period the road is adopted. These supplies include: safety vests, gloves, safety signs, and plastic bags for trash and recyclables. Each person or group is responsible for proper disposal of all trash collected and recycling of all recyclables collected during the required four (4) times a year “pick-ups”. The Salem County Improvement Authority – Solid Waste Division will purchase and install two (2) permanent signs and posts, each with an Adopt-A-Road Program sign, identifying the person or group’s name responsible for the “adopted” stretch of road. These signs are posted at the designated stretch in each direction.