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.