April 22nd is Earth Day 2018!
Planting trees, Protecting Life
The Canopy Project developed by Earth Day Network plants trees that assist communities in sustaining themselves and supporting local economies. Trees are critical in the community, as they reverse the impact of erosion and can also provide food, energy and income. In addition, trees filter air and help to minimize climate change.
Since launching The Canopy Project in 2011, Earth Day Network has planted over 3 million trees in 32 countries. In the United States alone, these have helped to restore urban canopies in New York, San Francisco, LA, St. Louis, Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Flint and Chicago. These tree plantings are supported by sponsors and individual donations. Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America is proud to be a sponsor and supporter of this program. We continue to make contributions in the names of each of our new sponsors to The Canopy Project.
SO….when you sign up to Sponsor-A-Highway in April, you are helping the earth in two ways – litter removal and trees planted to sustain our planet. We call that a WIN/WIN!
Happy Earth Day 2016 to all! Make a difference this year!
Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 4th. Be sure to turn your clocks BACK one hour. The time change shifts daylight back into the morning hours, but means you’ll be driving home in the dark after work on Monday. When drivers have spent the past eight months commuting in a well-lit setting, it can be hard to the change to standard time and driving in the dusk/dark. We have working crews on the roads, so we take road safety seriously at Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service.
As we all fall back and adjust to the time change, here are some road safety tips:
- Keep your regular sleep schedule. Go to bed at the same time you normally would so you can benefit from that extra hour of sleep.
- Before you pull out of the driveway, clean your headlights, brake lights, and signal lights.
- Give yourself extra time time to get where you want to go.
- Approach all crosswalks, intersections and transit stops with caution, as it will be harder to see pedestrians.
- Heed the speed limits and adjust your speed accordingly to the weather conditions.
- Maintain a safe following distance so you’re prepared to react.
FALL BACK FACTS to share this weekend!
- The U.S. Department of Transportation is in charge of time in the U.S., including time zones and daylight saving time.
- Correct name is DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME (DST) – not Savings.
- Hawaii & Arizona are the only states that do not observe it. Although some territories also abstain.
- DST lasts for 8 months out of the year, while standard time is only 4 months long.
- Daylight Saving Time returns March 10, 2019.
Litter and debris on roads cause car accidents. All that it takes is for some trash in the road and it is an accident waiting to happen. Whether it is the result of a Toyota Prius running over a piece of metal on the highway or an RV swerving to avoid trash, you can indirectly cause an accident by littering. Unsecured loads are responsible for an estimated 25,000 accidents each year in the United States, resulting in approximately 80-90 deaths per year (Source: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety). To make sure your vehicle is road-worthy, please review the following tips:
- Use tarps, bungee cords, netting, straps or rope
- Put lighter weight items at the bottom of the load
- Tie larger items directly to your vehicle
- Don’t overload your vehicle
Finally, and honestly the most important, is answering one simple question should indicate if your load is secure:
WOULD I FEEL SAFE IF I WERE DRIVING BEHIND MY VEHICLE?
Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal is all about road safety. Please get a quote to see how you can make a difference by sponsoring a highway!
In honor of Earth Day 2018, Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, will make a donation to Keep America Beautiful for each new sponsor. Our mutual mission is to end litter and keep our country clean.
Keep America Beautiful inspires, as well as educates people to take action each day to improve and beautify their community.
We envision a country where every community is a clean, green beautiful place to live.”
Through a variety of national programs and initiatives with our more than 600 community-based affiliates, KAB engages more than 5 million volunteers. Most importantly, their efforts and programs aim to End Littering, Improve Recycling, and Beautify America’s Communities.
We hope to make a large donation as part of our Earth Day promotion. Get a quote today to Keep America Beautiful.
Litter removal on our highways is expensive and never ending. Annually more than $11.5 billion is spent to keep roads clean. Each Department of Transportation (DOT) is responsible for their own litter removal expenses – which adds up quickly.
We get lots of questions about our program.
We understand, It is confusing. Some states call both programs Adopt-A-Highway, some specify Sponsor-A-Highway. Even our company name makes it confusing.
So, here it is Volunteer or Sponsor: What is the Difference?
Adopt-A-Highway volunteer and Sponsor-A-Highway programs are both beneficial. They reduce the overall clean-up costs to the DOTs, allowing these funds to be used on other infrastructure safety projects. Both are DOT approved and supported. Sponsorship is a partnership with a service provider such as ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY LITTER REMOVAL SERVICE OF AMERICA. Volunteer programs are run by the state and are usually coordinated at a local level.
One of the primary differences in the volunteer & sponsor programs is safety. Many heavily traveled highways just are not safe for volunteers, so they are not available to adopt. Sponsorship programs allows these highways to be cleaned. The litter removal is completed by employees that go through strict safety-training.
Keeping highways free from litter is not an easy or glamorous task,” said AAHLRSA President Alejandro Macia “But we take pride in beautifying the roads and maintaining safety for traveling motorists. We do it with our excellent field crews, who are experienced at working along busy highways.”
Other differences include the frequency and consistency. Volunteer programs typically require 2 cleanings per year. Many volunteer groups do significantly more than that, but some do the minimum requirement. With a sponsor program, DOTs set the frequency of litter removal based on traffic counts and need. Litter is removed from sponsored segments once or twice a month. This frequency means litter build up is reduced all year-round.
A final difference is the signage. Since sponsors are supporting highway litter removal through a fee, the signs in most states are larger, include color and logo. Volunteer signs include the name of the volunteer group in black, no colors and no logos.
Bottom line, we all want to help keep the highways clean & people safe!
Check out our MARKETS page and see if there is a SPONSORSHIP program available in your area. For volunteer opportunities, visit your state DOT website.
Does your pet love to ride in the car?
Some safety tips for driving with your pet on National Pet Day.
It is very common to see pets as passengers. However, traveling in automobiles can be extremely dangerous for your family pet – and you. It involves more than just loading the animal in the back seat, especially if you will be driving long distances or plan to be away for a long time. Here are a few road safety tips to help you prepare for a smooth and drive with Fido.
Keep pets safe in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Secure the crate so it will not slide or shift in the event of an abrupt stop.
Secure your pet in the car. Just like any passenger, buckle them up.
If you decide to skip the crate, do not allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window. tThe wind can seriously irritate mucous membranes and blow pieces of grit or litter into their eyes. Pets could also be seriously injured by objects (rocks, litter, etc) as you drive down the road.
It is always recommended that the dog be in the back seat or storage area of the car, especially if the car has airbags. While airbags save lives of people, they can seriously injure pets.
Keep food, a bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and first-aid, and any travel documents.
Be sure to bring bottled water and avoid feeding your pet in a moving vehicle. Drinking water from an area he is not used to could result in stomach troubles.
Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a car heat up very quickly. Likewise, in cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold.
Last but not least, always watch the road. As cute as they are, do not let your pet distract you while you’re driving.
All-Star Employee: Monica Seymour, National Operations Director
All-Star employee, Monica Seymour has been with Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. for over 10 years. Working out of the Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America’s offices in San Diego, she manages the Operations Department. Monica works very closely with all of our field crews as well as our DOT and Agency partners. Truly, the one of the BEST things about Monica is that she literally does anything and everything to get the job done right!
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? Obviously, 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).
Therefore, 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!
This New Years we are making a firm Resolution to Take A Phone Break. Distracted Driving causes more accidents every year, so we are putting down the phone once and for all.
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 at Adopt A Highway Litter Removal Service are up for the challenge, are you?
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.
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.
- Check road conditions before you leave
- Make sure you have an emergency kit
- Put devices away, but make sure they are fully charged for an emergency
- Assign navigating duties to a passenger
- Make a plan for kids, so they do not become a distraction while driving
- Buckle up – everybody, every trip, every time
- Designate a sober driver
- Get plenty of rest, drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as driving drunk
- 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.
October 26th is National Pumpkin Day – an unofficial holiday to be sure, but one we can all get behind!
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 Allrecipes.com
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!