Who Can Participate
Georgians are proud of our beautiful state, but unfortunately, our roadways are becoming dumping grounds for illegal litter. The same state that inspired poet laureate Sidney Lanier to write of its beautiful rivers and trees is being threatened by litter, which is unsightly and expensive to remove. Roadside litter also poses a serious threat to motorists and wildlife.
Please help clean up our state by volunteering with our Adopt-A-Highway Program, a partnership between the Georgia Department of Transportation and Keep Georgia Beautiful.
Complete the Adopt-A-Highway Permit application to sign up.
Any organization, business, individual, family, city, county, state, or federal agency is welcome to apply for participation in the Georgia Adopt-A-Highway program. Each volunteer group must have at least six members, with three backup members. All members’ names, addresses and phone numbers will be provided to GDOT prior to acceptance of the application. Children aged twelve to fifteen years must be supervised by adults at a rate of one adult for every three children. Minors’ waivers must include the name of the minor and the adult approving participation and signed by the child’s parent or legal guardian. Children under the age of twelve are ineligible for participation in the program.
Due to the normal conditions in the right of way, all volunteers are required to wear plain colored pants and shirts and a Department approved safety vest purchased from the Department. Bare legs and open shoes are not allowed. Baseball caps are acceptable for sun protection. However, no words, slogans or designs are allowed on any clothing or headwear. The Department reserves the right to remove any individual(s) or group(s) whose participation in litter pickup causes a disturbance or unsafe condition on the road.
Every individual participant in litter pickup must fully complete the required waiver in the application. Additional volunteers, who did not sign the original waiver form in the approved application, must submit a completed waiver form to the District Adopt -A-Highway coordinator no less than the second business day before beginning any litter pick-up. All release forms must be on file in GDOT offices before volunteers are given permission to do litter pickups on state-controlled roadways.
The Department will provide a sign acknowledging the segment of road has been adopted. GDOT will place the signs at the beginning of your adoption project area on both sides of the road. The schedule of sign placement and the size, content and location are at the discretion of GDOT. The participating group may apply for its name to be included on the signs if the group has signed the non-discrimination pledge portion of the Adopt-a-Highway application. Logos, insignias, slogans, phone or fax numbers, Internet addresses, ham radio IDs, or directions are not allowed.