Clean Communities & Adopt-a-Road Programs

Adopt A Road Spotlight:
Michael And Brenda Seery; In Memory Of Michael Seery, Jr.

Salem County Adopt A Road steet-signIn 2006, Michael and Brenda Seery were searching for a way to honor the memory of their son, Michael, Jr., after his passing. Choosing to adopt a road in Michael’s honor was a “no-brainer” for the Seery family because they always participated in road cleanups together.

The Seery family decided to adopt a 2-mile stretch of County Route 635, also known as Daretown Road, in Upper Pittsgrove, which is not far from their home. Mr. and Mrs. Seery have been faithfully keeping that stretch of road clean with 4 annual cleanups every year ever since they adopted it.

“Keeping our county roads clean has always been a priority for our family and fostering this kind of community involvement is an important part of why we decided to adopt a road in Michael’s honor,” said Brenda. “In addition, it’s a nice reminder for us, our family and friends to see his name on the sign and remember him.”

Many other roads in Salem County await adoption. It’s easy! Pick a county road from our list, and then complete an application. You are committing to picking up litter on that road 4 times a year. The only paperwork required is to send to the Salem County Improvement Authority a form to let them know you have done your part and the approximate weight of what you have collected. The best part is that this program is FREE for the participants. All supplies and funding are provided through the New Jersey Clean Communities Grant.

Thank you, Michael and Brenda, for your selflessness and commitment to our county.

For more information and an application, please contact Florence Beckett at 856-935-7900 x 16 or at .

You just never know what you’ll find when you do a road clean up!

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Thank You Mini-Grant Program Participants!

We would like to extend a big thank you to the non-profit groups who participated in our Mini-Grant Program this year. Litter doesn’t take time off for the coronavirus and, even thought things looked a little different, our roads throughout the county got a much needed cleaned up.

If you are a non-profit group and would like to be put on the list for the next clean up in September 2021, please contact Assistant Clean Communities Coordinator Sherry Washington at 856-935-7900 extension 21. We are always looking for new groups to help keep Salem County Clean and Green.

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This past August, Alloway residents who live on Cobbs Mill Road near the intersection with Earnest Garton Road were dismayed to discover that a contractor had illegally dumped a large amount of construction debris near the creek. The residents alerted the Salem County Health Department, and they began their investigation. This incident proved to be tricky because there were no identifying pieces of mail or any other evidence to indicate who dumped the debris. However, through excellent detective work, the Health Department was able to identify the contractor responsible. A fine was imposed and that company will not risk illegal dumping in Salem County again!

Inspectors with the Salem County Department of Health and Human Services credit the community in helping to resolve this matter through their vigilance and effective communication.

REMEMBER: Illegal dumping is a crime and nearly impossible to get away with. Fines can be as high as $1,000. Don’t risk it. Dispose of trash and debris properly at your curbside for pickup by your municipality or bring it to the Salem County Landfill for proper processing.

If you witness illegal dumping, please call the Salem County Health Department or the Salem County Improvement Authority immediately so that action can be taken to keep Salem County Clean and Green!


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.

Latest News for Clean Communities

The Spring Mini-Grant program was a big success! Reach out to us at 856-935-7900 x 16 for an application for the September clean ups.


The “KEEP IT COVERED!” tarp program, in conjunction with the Salem County Improvement Authority / Solid Waste Division’s convenience center, assists Salem County residents in eliminating windblown litter along our county roadways when transporting their bulk waste for disposal.

Residents will be able to deliver materials that accumulate from cleaning out the garage, attic or a do-it-yourself project around the home to the convenience center, for a minimal fee. The convenience center will be open for services to all Salem County residents with a valid NJ drivers license listing an in-county address.

Residents can transport their own bulk materials, but the load must be TARPED. This is in accordance with the New Jersey Solid Waste Management Act and the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice that requires all open vehicles traveling with solid waste to be tarped in order to avoid spillage onto the roadways.

Tarps, size 8’ x 10’ , have been purchased with Clean Communities Grant monies and are available at the convenience center, free of charge, to be used for the purpose of covering their load of waste.

Tarps are available through each municipality to assist residents in minimizing windblown litter within their municipalities also.

Contact the township clerk for information.


  • ASBESTOS: Asbestos material is classified as a hazardous material and must be transported by a licensed hauler as a recommended procedure.
  • HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE: Hazardous wastes in the house usually come from ordinary products such as oil-based paints, automotive products, cleaning fluids, solvents and garden care products. These products cannot be disposed of with your regular trash through the convenience center. The Salem County Improvement Authority – Solid Waste Division offers a FREE drop-off program for household hazardous waste twice a year on the third Saturday in April and October, 8am to 12 noon.
  • USED MOTOR OIL: Used motor oil can be recycled at your local municipal drop off location. If your municipality does not have a drop off location, please call your local Township Clerk, Municipal Recycling Coordinator or the County Recycling Coordinator for the nearest location.
  • RECYCLABLES: The following recyclables will not be accepted.
    • Glass (all colors)
    • Plastic bottles
    • Aluminum cans
    • Bi-Metal/Steel cans
    • Paper
    • Newspaper
    • Cardboard
  • Recycling services are provided by each municipality in conjunction with trash pick up or drop off.


  • All the residents MUST comply with the law by covering their load with a tarp when delivering their bulk waste materials.
  • Under the NJAC section 7:26-3.4 paragraph (e) and (i), the law states:
    • No person shall cause or permit a vehicle to be so loaded or operate so loaded that the contents or any part thereof, may be scattered on any street. Whenever a load in any vehicle is of solid waste debris, such loads shall be secured by a tarpaulin or other acceptable type of cover.
    • The owner, lessee, bailer, or operator of any vehicle described above found on a highway in violation of any such safety standards or procedure shall be subject to a fine as prescribed by the law.



Contact your Manager, Superintendent or Clean Communities Coordinator for your Municipality:

Clean Communities Grant funding provides for the clean-up of litter of our County roadways on the Saturdays in May and September. 

If your group is a non-profit group and you’d like to earn $300.00 to perform a clean-up on one of our County roadways, please contact Sherry Washington – – for more information on this program.

Clean Communities Grant funding was a sponsor for the 2018 Giant Pumpkin Carve.