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Employee Spotlight: Monica Seymour

All-Star Employee: Monica Seymour, National Operations Director

National Operations Director Monica Seymour gets out to clean up roadside

Litter Removal by Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal National Operations Director – Monica Seymour

Monica Seymour has been with Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. for 10 years. Located in our Encinitas headquarters, she runs our Operations Department. Monica works closely with all of our field crews as well as our DOT/Agency partners. One of the BEST things about Monica is that she will literally do anything it takes to get the job done!

Recently, we received a phone call regarding a sponsored segment that needed to be cleaned ASAP. Our crews were in another area and could not get to the location immediately. So, what did Monica do? She put on a hard hat, a safety vest, grabbed a grapple and proceeded to go clean up the 1-mile segment (check out our photo proof).

Monica is a huge asset to Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. We could not keep the highways clean without her commitment and dedication. Thank you, Monica!

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New Years Resolution – Take a Phone Break

This New Years we are making a firm Resolution to:

Every day at every turn, you see people staring at their smartphones in public while eating, walking and driving. Are they receiving urgent emails or texts? Most likely not. They (like us) are checking headlines, watching a show or sports, catching up on social media or playing the latest game. Smartphones are integrated in our lives and are a valuable tool, but for most of us it has become a habit to check phones almost constantly. So, we are suggesting a New Year’s Resolution of taking a break from your smartphone every day (and ALWAYS while driving).

We are NOT crazy, just suggesting a 15-minute period one to two times per day that the phone is off-limits. See what happens – maybe more face-to-face interaction or being more present.

We are up for the challenge, are you?



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Happy & Safe Thanksgiving: Tips to Keep You Safe

Family, friends and food are all things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving weekend. Being together makes holidays extra special. But getting there is not always an easy task. According to AAA, an estimated 45.5 million people will spend some of the Thanksgiving weekend driving. Even with higher gas prices, travelers are expected to take to the road. The 2017 holiday weekend will see the highest travel volume since 2005.

AAA Thanksgiving Travel Forecast for 2017

If you’ll be hitting the road tomorrow, stay safe & be patient. Follow these tips for making it to Thanksgiving dinner on time and in one piece.

  1. Check road conditions before you leave
  2. Make sure you have an emergency kit
  3. Put devices away, but make sure they are fully charged for an emergency
  4. Assign navigating duties to a passenger
  5. Make a plan for kids, so they do not become a distraction while driving
  6. Buckle up – everybody, every trip, every time
  7. Designate a sober driver
  8. Get plenty of rest, drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as driving drunk
  9. Be patient and courteous to other drivers

We wish you a very happy & safe Thanksgiving!

Your friends at Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Services of America, Inc.

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It is National Pumpkin Day!

October 26th is National Pumpkin Day – an unofficial holiday to be sure, but one we can all get behind!

The best pumpkins have long, hard stems & no soft spots.

Did you know? Pumpkin is a winter squash and is technically a fruit.

Did you know? That there are over 45 different varieties of pumpkin.

Did you know? Pumpkins range in color from white, to red, to even blue!

Did you know? The United States produces about 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins every year.

Pumpkins are amazingly versatile, they can be used in sweet, savory, spicy, or salty dishes! Pumpkins are packed with potassium and Vitamin A, as well as fiber. You can bake them, boil them, steam them, puree them, even fry them. With so many ways to prepare pumpkins, and so many flavors you can add to them, there is guaranteed to be a way that appeals to everyone. One of the MOST popular dishes is pumpkin pie, an autumn stable in many households. But, how about celebrating today by trying a new pumpkin recipe? Find lots of great recipes at

One of the best parts of cooking with real pumpkin is the seeds. Baked pumpkin seeds are an incredibly tasty and healthy, autumn snack!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

Wash & dry pumpkin seeds

Preheat over to 300

Put seeds in large Ziploc bag with 2 T. of olive oil and 1 T. salt. Mix around to coat all seeds.

Place seeds on baking sheet in single layer on parchment paper

Bake for 45 minutes until toasted – turned once or twice to toast all sides. Let cool slightly before enjoying.

Additional add ins: grated Parmesan cheese, garlic salt, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, Cajun spice – really anything works!

This post had nothing to do with litter removal and it should go without saying, but we will say it anyway just to be safe. Please dispose of your pumpkins properly, don’t chuck them in the streets. They are not fun to clean up!

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Why Sponsor-A-Highway? Because it works

Why Sponsor-A-Highway?

Sponsorship is defined as:

The financial or in-kind support of an activity, used primarily to reach specified business goals.”

Sponsorship is the fastest growing form of marketing in the U.S. It provides the ability to shape public perception in a way that is difficult with in-house marketing and branding efforts. And, sponsorship allows smaller companies to compete with larger companies. You can reach a small local market or large national market depending upon what you sponsor. There are literally thousands of opportunities to sponsor. All of which will increase your credibility, image, and prestige. Sponsorship is viewed in an extremely positive way. Consumers that see businesses making a greater effort to support the community or causes they feel are important are more likely to support that business.

May we suggest litter removal via Sponsor-A-Highway?!

Many municipalities and state agencies have addressed their funding shortfalls by selling naming rights for parks and buildings, train stations and more. Sponsor-a-Highway is similar. Litter removal costs are significant to transportation departments, by implementing a Sponsor-A-Highway program these costs are reduced. Sponsors pay a fee for litter removal and get a sign recognizing their sponsorship. Funds saved can then be used for other road safety initiatives.

Why Sponsor-A-Highway? Because it works!


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Safety Tips for Back to School

Back to School

Back to School time – be cautious & alert in School Zones!

Yes, it is Back to School time already!

In the next few weeks 55 million children across the United States will be heading back to school. Of that total, AAA estimates that 13% of students walk or bike to school. Walking or biking to school is great exercise for kids. However, during this transition, road travel increases and traffic patterns shift, making it a dangerous time of year for both drivers and pedestrians, especially young children. The more prepared they are the better. So here are some simple safety tips that parents can use to help get your kids safely to and from school:

  • Practice the route with your children
  • Teach them to always use the same route, no shortcuts
  • Cross streets only at crosswalks, preferably with crossing guards
  • Always use left-right-left rule when crossing the street
  • Put away the cell phone – distracted walking/biking is as dangerous as distracted driving
  • Walk in a group
  • Don’t wear headphones
  • Bikers should obey traffic laws just like vehicles
  • If riding a bike or scooter, always wear a helmet
  • Younger children should be taught to walk bikes across the street

And, always Adopt-A-Highway’s favorite tip –

Please Don’t Litter

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Memorial Day 2017

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War to honor our dead. After World War I, it was extended to include all service members who died in military action. Since 1971, Memorial Day has been observed on the last Monday of May. It is the tradition to fly the flag of the United States at half staff from dawn until noon. Other traditions include visiting cemeteries, memorials and placing American flags on each grave in national cemeteries.

Memorial Day weekend also heralds the unofficial start to summer and crowded travel days. As a Federal holiday all non-essential Government offices are closed, as are schools, and most businesses.  A long weekend, warm weather and the approaching summer spirit means long weekend road trips and barbecues. An estimated 34 million people will drive more than 50 miles to celebrate over this weekend in 2017, according to AAA.

Since Memorial Day has taken on a weekend celebration feel, in 2000, Congress established a National Moment of Remembrance, asking Americans to pause for one minute at 3pm in an act of national unity. The time was chosen because 3pm “is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday.” So take the weekend, the day or a moment to remember our fallen HEROES!

We at Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America salute those that gave their life for our freedom! Be safe out there as you travel and remember to put trash in its place.

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Plant A Tree – Earth Day is April 22, 2017

Earth Day 2017 is April 22nd – help us Plant A Tree (or 50)!

It doesn’t take much to make a difference for our little blue planet! Picking up litter, recycling some plastic bottles and planting trees are just a few small things that can make a huge impact. Imagine if every person did just one of these “green” things every, single day. We, at Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc., have made it our life’s work to make the world a cleaner place – it is truly what we do every day. In April each year we do a little more. For each NEW sponsor that joins us in our efforts this month, we will donate 50 trees to Earth Day Network’s Trees for the Earth Campaign.

Earth Day 2017 - Adopt A Highway will Plant A Tree for each new sponsor


Launched in 2016, Trees for the Earth’s goal is to plant, or inspire the planting of, 7.8 billion trees worldwide by 2020—one for every person projected to be on Earth.

Join our team and Plant A Tree – actually 50 trees! Plus, you will be helping make this planet cleaner one piece of litter at a time.

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Earth Day 2017!

Feel Good About What YOU do!

April 22nd is Earth Day 2017 and more than one billion people worldwide will take some action to protect this planet and the environment. The act can
be as simple as
planting a single tree or picking up one piece of litter. Each act and each person, young or old, can make a difference. That is what this grassroots environmental movement is all about. Earth Day was created by Gaylord Nelson, a Senator from Wisconsin, in 1970, to increase awareness of environmental problems. From its humble beginnings and simple concept, Earth Day is credited with the creation of the EPA and The Clean Air and Endangered Species Acts. Over the past 45+ years, Earth Day has grown to the largest annual environmental event worldwide. Here are some simple ways to celebrate Earth Day 2017:

  1. Walk or bike the kids to or home from school
  2. Plant something, preferable something edible
  3. Begin a recycling program at home or at work
  4. Turn off the lights
  5. Donate, reuse, up-cycle items that you are not using
  6. Feed the birds
  7. Visit Earth Day Network for more ideas

Or better yet, contact Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. at We will donate 50 trees to Earth Day Network’s Trees for the Earth for each NEW sponsor in the month of April. So, feel good about what YOU do and sign up to sponsor today!

The need for a clean environment continues and we hope you will be a part of it, we certainly will continue to clean the highways and recycle wherever we can!

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Spring Forward

It is time to Spring Forward! Daylight Saving Time (DST) starts Sunday, March 12th (2:00 am to be exact). Be sure to set your manual clocks ahead by one hour on Saturday night. It is much less of a hassle these days, as computers, phones, DVRs, etc. reset the time automatically.

Why We Spring Forward?

The time change moves more daylight into the evening hours. The idea of DST traces its roots back to Benjamin Franklin who was trying to figure out a way to use less candles. The actual time change was first used in World War I in an effort to conserve energy (longer daylight hours meant less fuel burned for lamps.)

DST was reintroduced during World War II and reinstated in the U.S. in 1942. In 1966, Congress passed the time act making DST a nationwide practice but allowing states to opt out.  The dates of Daylight Saving Time have been altered several times, however, the current ones were set in 2007.

Fun Facts about Daylight Saving Time

  1. The name is Daylight Saving Time – not Daylight Saving’s Time or Daylight Savings Times.
  2. More than 70 countries and one-fifth of the world’s population follow DST.
  3. Arizona and Hawaii are the only states that don’t observe DST. Neither do China, India or Japan.
  4. Clocks will change back on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017
  5. Daylight Saving Time is a good time to check – and if needed change – the batteries in your smoke detectors around the house.

Whether you love or hate DST,  the 1st day of the commute is usually tough. Be careful driving to work or school Monday morning, turn on your lights  and always, always please do NOT litter!

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