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Adopt-A-Road Program

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Ideally, we would like to see littering stop, but you can help keep our road sides clean and attractive by participating in Adopt-A-Road. Adopt-A-Road designates certain road sections for private assistance with litter removal. Your business or community group can help keep roads litter-free by "adopting" one of the approved sections of road.

Our Adopt-A-Road coordinator will help you through the right-of-way permit process. The permit is free and liability insurance will not be required. All group leaders will be given safety training before being allowed to work near County roads. Only those sections of road considered safe for volunteer litter removal are approved for adoption.

Adopt-A-Road photoParticipants in this program are expected to clean their two-mile section of road at least four times a year. The Department of Public Works will provide plastic trash bags and orange safety vests. County crews will pick up and dispose of trash bags you fill with trash.

Your group or business will be named on the special Adopt-A-Road sign provided by the County and placed at each end of your adopted road. 

For more information on Adopt-A-Road, call Terri Barratt at (858) 694-3850.

The County's Adopt-A-Road program is for county-maintained roads. To adopt a section of State highway or Interstate freeway, call the CalTrans Adopt-A-Highway program at (619) 688-3367.

Roadside Trash

Besides presenting a poor appearance, litter and trash can cause traffic hazards and affect drainage. Each year Department of Public Works crews removes more than 1,300 tons of litter along County-maintained roads. Driving hazards and large items are our first priority for removal. You can help by reporting trash. If trash is in the roadway, call (858) 694-3850. To report trash that is off the roadway, call the compliance office of the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health at (858) 694-3741. 


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