Join National CleanUp Day!

By Mary Currie / ADOT Communications

Adopt a Highway volunteersWelcome, volunteers! Whether you are an existing Adopt a Highway volunteer group or a collection of civic-minded folks wanting to participate with a one-day volunteer permit, we hope you’ll join us for National CleanUp Day!

National CleanUp Day is Saturday, Sept. 19. Only weeks away, this day is set aside for individuals and organizations to unite for the purpose of reducing litter in their communities.

Online registration is new this year! Adopt a Highway volunteer groups and other groups requesting a one-day permit will have the opportunity to register for the cleanup. A link to the registration form is coming soon. All groups are required to report litter totals within three days of the event. Last year, about 100 Adopt a Highway volunteer groups came out around the state to clean up their adopted highway segments. Thier combined effort collected more than 1.3 tons of litter from state highways.

At this time we are asking all volunteers to respect guidelines for social distancing and follow all regulations of the jurisdiction where your cleanup is taking place. Keep groups fewer than 10 people as recommended by the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface. Avoid touching your face. 

The Adopt a Highway team plans to visit as many volunteer groups around the state as logistics allow. If your cleanup is along our route, you will receive advanced notification prior to National CleanUp Day.

We'd love to see and share your National CleanUp Day group photos on social media. Please use the hashtag #NationalCleanUpDay and tag your photos with @ArizonaDOT. Send us your group photos and include your sign in the background for possible use in an upcoming ADOT blog.

Thank you for considering National CleanUp Day on Saturday, Sept. 19 as an opportunity to help reduce litter along our highways.

Arizona, Keep It Grand!


Editor's Note:  The author oversees ADOT Adopt a Highway programs.