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VDOT partners with Keep Virginia Beautiful for the Adopt-a-Highway program

Attention Adopt-a-Highway Volunteers!

VDOT encourages Adopt-a-Highway participants to schedule one of their two yearly pickups during April to coincide with “Earth Day” or in the fall to coincide with the autumn "Day to Serve." 

If your group cannot participate on those dates, or weather makes it unsafe to pick up litter, schedule your cleanups for other spring and fall dates.

The Adopt-a-Highway program provides an opportunity for you or your family, business or civic group to clean up litter.

We will recognize your efforts by erecting a sign with your group's name after two pickups have occurred and been documented. 

Each year, more than 23,000 Adopt-a-Highway volunteers collect more than 44,000 bags of waste along Virginia’s highways. 

AAH Volunteer Obligation

AAH volunteers agree to pick up litter at least two times a year for three years over a two-mile stretch of highway.

In return, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) provides trash bags, vests, important safety information, and highway signs that recognize your group. Learn more here.

Other Opportunities

If you notice an increase in litter on a particular stretch of road, notify us at 800-PRIDEVA (800-774-3382), e-mail or contact the Adopt-a-Highway coordinator in your area.

If the road qualifies for the Adopt-a-Highway program, we can list it as a road “most in need” of adoption.

If it does not qualify for the program, we'll forward the information to local the VDOT maintenance office.

VDOT works with other state agencies and organizations to prevent and control litter. Learn more here.

Northern Virginia Segments

VDOT has developed a map for its Northern Virginia District that shows highway segments that have been adopted:


Page last modified: Sept. 11, 2020