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America Recycles Day

Get into the Recycling act with Adopt-A-Highway

Get into the Recycling act with Adopt-A-Highway

November 15 is America Recycles Day!

Recycling is the easiest and most effective thing that ANYONE can do to protect our natural resources, conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions. It is a great day for showing that your business cares about the environment. Get into the Recycling act:

The national recycling rate has increased every year for the past 30 years.

The current recycling rate is 34.5%.

Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. works hard to Keep America Beautiful every day! We collect and recycle litter from America’s busiest roadways, with the help of our corporate sponsors, DOT partners and you! When you Adopt-A-Highway you let your customers know that you’re taking steps to help improve the environment for everyone!

If you don’t already recycle, now is a great time to start!

For the months of November and December, we will offer a special “Recycling Day” discount to help get YOU into the act.

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Veterans Day

Next Wednesday, November 11th is Veterans Day.

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We salute our veterans on Veterans Day and everyday!

Veterans Day is a federal holiday that honors the bravery and service of all U.S. veterans. Veteran refers to anybody who served in the U.S. military (US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard) in times of war or peace.

Be the smartest one in your office with these interesting facts about Veterans Day:

  1. There is not supposed to be an apostrophe in Veterans Day. Still, some spell it Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day.
  2. The holiday began as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I.
  3. World War I ended November 11th, at the 11th hour. It is also the 11th month of the year.
  4. On November 11, 1921 the first Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was created as a memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. The tomb has the words inscribed, “Here rests in honored glory An American Soldier Known but to God.” Unknown soldiers from subsequent wars have been laid to rest at this memorial.
  5. Armistice Day was officially renamed Veterans Day by President Eisenhower in 1954.
  6. Between 1968 and 1975, Veterans Day was observed on the Friday closest to the 11th, making it a three day holiday for federal workers.
  7. President Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original, historically significant date of November 11, in 1978.
  8. Veterans Day, honors all veterans, living or dead, which differs from Memorial Day that pays tribute to those who lost their lives in combat.
  9. There are 19.6 million veterans in the United States, according to the most recent statistics available, from a 2013 Census survey.
  10. There are 1.6 million female veterans.
  11. There are 9.3 million veterans over the age of 65.

The Adopt-A-Highway Team would like to sincerely THANK all soldiers for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. We SALUTE you!

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A Safe & Spooktacular Halloween!

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Halloween is a spooky & special time of year for our little ghosts and goblins. Laughter, trick or treating, candy and great memories are the themes of October 31st . With less than two weeks until Halloween, it is time to think about making it as safe and sane as possible because, as the saying goes “it is all fun and games until somebody gets hurt”.

Avoid the hurt by helping kids pick the right costume, keeping these safety tips in mind:

  • Avoid long costumes that your trick or treaters can trip on
  • No high heels or too-big shoes
  • Avoid black costumes, choose bright colors and enhance them use reflective strips
  • No matter the costumes, put glow stick bracelets and necklaces on your children to make them more visible
  • Avoid popular unitard costumes, as they make visibility and breathing difficult for young ghosts
  • Use makeup on faces instead of masks, so children can see more clearly
  • Make sure accessories, don’t have sharp edges

Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, so expect more people out and more cars on the roads. Safety experts suggest parents talk and train their kids before the night of Halloween, when let’s be honest, they are too excited to really listen. Experts suggest taking kids out in the neighborhood they will be canvassing and do a “run through” – that way, both parent and child know what to expect. In addition, share the following safety tips with your kiddos.

  1. Carry a flashlight at all times
  2. Cross at corners, using traffic signals or crosswalks
  3. Look both ways before crossing roads
  4. Do not walk and text, particularly in roadways
  5. Make eye contact with driver before crossing in front of their vehicle
  6. Walk on sidewalks or paths
  7. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up
  8. Do not enter street from between parked cars
  9. Stay in groups and have at least one phone that is fully charged in case of emergency

If you are driving on Halloween, be aware that prime trick or treating hours are from 5:30-9:30, slow down and be alert especially in residential neighborhoods. Taking a few precautions will hopefully keep all the scares more imaginary than real.

Oh yeah, from all of us at Adopt-A-Highway remind them to make it a LITTER-FREE Halloween! Have a spooktacular time!

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Baltimore adds Sponsor-A-Road Program

We are pleased to announce the introduction of a Sponsor-A-Road Program in the City of Baltimore.

Miss Shirley's Cafe - one of the 1st sponsors of Adopt-A-Road in Baltimore

Miss Shirley’s Cafe is one of the inaugural sponsors of Sponsor-A-Road in Baltimore

Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. has worked with Baltimore City Department of Transportation to establish this innovative, self-sustaining program. The aim of Sponsor-A-Road is to keep the streets of Baltimore litter-free and promote this community’s pride while also freeing up funds for the DOT to spend on other important safety initiatives.

Sponsor-A-Road is available on all major roadways and gateways in the City of Baltimore. All 1-mile segments will be cleaned on a monthly basis by our safety, trained crews. As of October 1, 2015 more than 60 miles had already been sponsored in the Sponsor-A-Road program. Sponsors receive recognition on their “Road” with a sign displaying their name and logo. The program is open to businesses, organizations and individuals. Join Rouge Fine Catering, Miss Shirley’s Cafe, Nevins & Associates, Mom’s Organic Market, Broadmead, Inc. and Autobahn Indoor Speedway, to name a few in this joint venture to keep Baltimore roads clean and safe.

For more information about City of Baltimore Sponsor-A-Road you are invited to call 800-390-2420, email Paige Woods, Territory Manager at paige@adoptahighway.net or visit our City of Baltimore page on our website – www.adoptahighway.net

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NC Expands Sponsor-A-Highway Program

North Carolina Sponsor-A-Highway is going Statewide!

NCDOT initially launched the Sponsor-A-Highway Program in 2011. We at Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. are proud to say we have been a service provider for the program since its inception. Sponsor-A-Highway allows individuals, businesses, corporations and organizations to sponsor the litter removal of a specific 1-mile segment of NC Interstates for a reasonable fee. We do all the cleaning, sponsors get the recognition. For helping keep NC Clean, sponsors receive a full color sign displaying the company name and logo installed at the beginning of the sponsored segment.

After success in the Wake-Durham County area, NCDOT has decided to launch Sponsor-A-Highway statewide. Starting on October 1, 2015, there will be 2,400 1-mile segments. All North Carolina Interstates are available for sponsorship: I-26, I-40, I-73, I-74, I-77, I-85, I-95, I-140, I-240, I-277, I-440, I-485, I-540, I-785 and the I-795.

 

NC Sponsorship Sign

 

In addition to expanding the program statewide, NCDOT has rolled out a new larger sign – six feet wide by four feet tall – for greater visibility for their sponsors.

We are expecting prime locations to go quickly, so if you are interested in a North Carolina sponsorship contact Paige@adoptahighway.net or go to our quote page to request pricing information.

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Sponsor Spotlight: EarthCam

Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service would like to THANK EarthCam for it’s unique views of the world and for helping keep that world clean!

EarthCam helping keep the our roads clean and safe!

EarthCam helping keep the our roads clean and safe!

EarthCam, Inc., launched EarthCam.com in 1996 with a mission to build a network of webcams offering views of unique and popular destinations worldwide. The site quickly became a place “Where the World Watches the World”, offering viewers internationally access to thousands of webcams.

EarthCam has built a reputation for creating opportunities for viewers to experience events without leaving their homes. Whether it’s a webcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, Mardi Gras from New Orleans’ famous Bourbon Street or visiting the pandas’ den at Zoo Atlanta. EarthCam brings viewers to each location through their live webcams.

By visiting EarthCam.com you can see historical places and landmarks around the world. EarthCam cameras are located at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington DC, Seattle’s Space Needle, Wall Street’s notable Charging Bull, in the  torch of the Statue of Liberty and more, all of which deliver unique views, both live and archived.

As the company has grown, EarthCam expanded beyond building its network of tourism cameras and extended its reach into other industries by developing and delivering technology for many applications in verticals including construction, transportation, and surveillance. With that concept came the creation of EarthCam.net, a site for businesses and organizations to purchase webcams and EarthCam’s proprietary software to manage their camera networks.

With EarthCam, you can literally see the whole world! It is no wonder EarthCam is a Sponsor-A-Highway sponsor – they are committed to keeping the world a clean place for millions of people to view!

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Back to School Safety

Back to School Safety tips from Adopt A Highway

Every child deserves a safe route to school – Back to School Safety

As summer draws to an end and the classroom bell rings in the new school year, 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. Always in late August/September, road travel increases and traffic patterns shift, making this a dangerous time of year for both drivers and pedestrians.  Here are some 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 can be 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 – Don’t Litter

Every child deserves a safe route to school – we can all help by taking a little extra care and paying closer attention this time of year.

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Sponsor A Highway Spotlight: The Crab Cooker

The Crab Cookers helps keep the 55 Freeway litter free!

The Crab Cookers helps keep the 55 Freeway litter free!

With locations in both Newport Beach (since 1951) and Tustin, The Crab Cooker is an institution in Southern California. Eating at The Crab Cooker is like going back in time to the days when every beach town had a place where all the locals and tourists could get great food at a moderate price. The outside of the restaurant is painted in bright red. Inside the restaurant, the decoration is a collection of unique items ranging from paintings by famous artists, theater chandeliers, pots and pans, a wrought-iron gate, nautical equipment – and a giant shark. The restaurant is known for its friendly service and casual atmosphere – you eat off of paper plates.

The Crab Cooker’s “World’s Best” Manhattan-style clam chowder is fittingly named, and when combined with a loaf of fisherman’s bread just simply cannot be beat. Other specialties include skewers of scallops, crab and lobster, oysters, crab or shrimp cocktail, salmon fillet and other fresh fish.

The company slogan – “Eat Lots A Fish!” – says it all. We at Adopt-A-Highway may be a little biased, but we suggest if you are anywhere in SoCal, a stop at The Crab Cooker is well worth it!

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Hit The Road – Adopt-A-Highway

Summer is the time to hit the open road! We mean that literally – it is one of the BEST times to add Adopt-A-Highway to your marketing strategy. Average daily traffic counts on busy interstates will soar in June, July & August, making them one of the best places to advertise. With more travelers and families out there on the roads exploring this great nation, you get more eyes on your sign and exposure for your business.

Summer Travel Stats

Don’t forget to support the Adopt-A-Highway Sponsor you see while on your Road Trip!

For more information on availability of locations email info@adoptahighway.net

 

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Road Trippin’

road-trip-signSchool is getting out soon, which means summer road trip season. If you are planning a family car trip – and honestly, if you aren’t you should be – where will you go?

Wherever you decide for your adventure, did you know that gas prices will be lower this year than last summer? According to Gas Buddy, June will be slightly more expensive than July and August this year for gas. It might be a good idea to use some technology to keep your trip on a budget. AAA Fuel Cost Calculator allows you to budget your gas, it factors in your car make, model, year and type of road you are using to get from A to B. Fuelcaster.com predicts gas prices 24 hours in advance, so you can plan your fill up – today or tomorrow? It is always a good idea to tune into The Weather Channel to avoid bad weather and road conditions whenever possible. At the very least, be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at you by packing an umbrella, waterproof blanket and emergency kit.

To make the road trip more fun for your kiddos, try some of the following:

  1. Classic car games such as I Spy, I am Going on a Picnic and The Name Game.
  2. Give your kids a paper map (Rand McNally, AAA) and let them keep track of exits, scenic spots, towns, etc.
  3. Listen to your kids, if they want to stop at a location DO IT – research and learn about the location. If they get a say, they will be more engaged.
  4. Pack snacks and drinks to avoid the fast-food frenzy. Don’t forget wet wipes for clean-up of any spills or sticky fingers.
  5. Stop at rest stops along the way, not just for the restroom but to burn off a little energy. Pack a jump rope, baseball gear or a Frisbee. Spend 15 minutes or so getting the wiggles out.
  6. Teach your kids NOT to be litterbugs. Take a look at the roadways – are they clean or dirty? Talk to your kids about litter and its impact on our environment.

In our experience, some of the most memorable family vacations happen on the open road. So enjoy and get out there this summer! Oh, and by the way, support those Adopt-A-Highway sponsors you see along the way!

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