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 inquiries on our program.
We understand, It is confusing. Some states call both programs all 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 extremely beneficial. They reduce the overall clean-up costs to the DOTs, allowing those saved funds to be used on other infrastructure safety projects. Both are approved and supported by the DOT. 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 typically coordinated at a more 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 open up these highways, since litter removal is done by employees that undergo 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 could not do it without our excellent field crews, who are trained extensively in the dangers of working along busy highways.”
Other differences include the frequency and consistency in which the roads are cleaned. 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. Most sponsored segments are cleaned up between once or twice a month. This frequency means litter build up is reduced 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 and 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 to 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
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
We are expanding to the Eastern Shore of VA!
The Eastern Shore of Virginia consists of Accomack and Northampton counties on the Atlantic coast of Virginia. This beautiful 70-mile stretch of beach community is a part of the Delmarva Peninsula and is separated from the rest of Virginia by the Chesapeake Bay. Home to charming, historic seaside towns as well as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Space Authority, NASA and famed Chincoteague Island, this region is a thriving tourist destination all year long.
The NEW Sponsor-A-Road program will allow businesses and individuals to help keep the roads throughout the community litter free. Sponsored segments will be available for 1-mile sections, with litter pick up taking place throughout the Eastern Shore of Virginia. As always, the clean up will be done by our professionally-trained crews. Sponsors will receive a recognition sign that contains their full-color logo. These Sponsor-A-Road signs will be placed in highly visible locations. Prime sign locations are available on well-traveled highways such as US 13 and 175. Additional locations are also available throughout the region.
AAHLRSA launched Sponsor-A-Road in partnership with Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission and WasteWatchers of the Eastern Shore, to keep this beautiful stretch of beach community clean and environmentally safe.
For more information on sponsoring a road on the Eastern Shore of VA contact Paige Woods, Territory Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
Litter removal costs the U.S. more than $11.5 billion annually, with businesses paying for approximately 80%; local/state governments, schools, and other organizations picking up (pun intended!) the remaining 20%. According to Keep America Beautiful’s Litter Study, here are some interesting facts:
- More than 50 billion pieces of litter are on U.S. roadways each year.
- The majority of this trash is less than 4 inches, making it difficult to clean-up.
- That is the equivalent of 6,729 pieces of trash per mile of roadway.
- As you may guess, tobacco products (cigarette butts and packaging) make up about 40% of this litter. Plastic and paper are the next biggest categories.
- Roadway litter comes from both drivers and pedestrians. Drivers cause (52%), pedestrians (23%), and improperly covered truck loads (16%).
The cost of cleaning up litter is high, but so are the environmental consequences. Wind and weather, traffic, and animals move litter around, potentially into gutters, lawns and landscaped areas, alleyways, and parking structures. Litter near storm drains and beach debris are also likely to wash into local waterways, with potential for serious environmental contamination.
Let’s stop this trashy habit – Sponsor-A-Highway today!
Yes, it is Back to School time already!
In late August/early September 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
- NO Pokemon GO – 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