Adopt-a-Road Programs are part of the larger Clean Communities initiative.
Adopt-a-Road groups volunteer to clean sections of the adopted area, and all necessary equipment such as grabbers, safety shirts, bags and gloves are provided. All groups are acknowledged with a road sign displaying their name.
The safety of our volunteers is important. Please review safety protocols before conducting any cleanup programs and encourage volunteers to watch the NJCCC safety video: https://njclean.org/aag-individual-safety-video
Clean Communities Grant
Clean Communities Grant funding provides for the clean-up of litter of our County roadways on Saturdays in May and September.
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.
For more information and to obtain PDF downloads, please visit the Forms & Pubic Information page. The pertinent information will be found under the “Forms & Brochures” section.
Adopt A Road Spotlight:
South Jersey Wheelmen
The Salem County Improvement Authority (the administrator of the Adopt-a-Road program) is pleased to spotlight The South Jersey Wheelmen bicycle club. The South Jersey Wheelmen is a not-for-profit bicycling organization serving the South Jersey bicycling community and is open to all. They started out with 6 members in the Vineland area, and today the club has grown to more than 100 members from all over the state. The Wheelman adopted a 1-mile stretch of County Route 540, also known as Almond Road, that runs along Parvin State Park in Pittsgrove Township.
Salem County Improvement Authority Chairman, Cordy Taylor, has been a member of the South Jersey Wheelmen for over 10 years. “I thoroughly enjoy putting on the gloves and safety vest and participating in the quarterly road clean ups with my fellow Wheelmen”, said Chairman Taylor. Wheelmen member Gary Pilling noted that he enjoys the sense that they are “helping to counter the inconsiderate and unpatriotic people” who are littering by removing the unsightly trash from our county roadways. In preparation for a recent event that drew over 150 riders, the South Jersey Wheelmen picked up the litter along their adopted road as well as in Parvin State Park. It’s not uncommon for this dedicated group to go over and above.
Many roads in Salem County await adoption. It’s easy: Pick a county road from our list and then complete an application. By adopting a Salem County Road, you are committing to going out four times a year and to remove litter. The only documentation we request is a form letting the Salem County Improvement Authority know that you have done your part and what you have collected. Best of all, the program is FREE for the participants. All funding and supplies are provided through the New Jersey Clean Communities Grant.
Thank you, South Jersey Wheelmen, for taking the road less littered!
For more information and an application, please contact Florence Beckett at 856-935-7900 x 16 or at .