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 8/12/2014 
 Esther Bowring, Community Relations Manager   240.777.6513
 Office of the Director


 Adopt A Road volunteer program posts gains in litter pickups

 

This proud goup of volunteers are also showing some of the safety equipment provided by MCDOT. They are standing in front of the program's distinctive sign.

These proud volunteers are also showing some of the safety equipment provided by MCDOT. They are standing in front of the program's distinctive sign.

The Adopt A Road program, along with its companion Adopt A Spot, is a volunteer-based program administered by MCDOT in cooperation with the Keep Montgomery County Beautiful task force. The program now enlists more than an estimated 2500 volunteers who routinely clean some 380 County road segments across the county.

With the close of fiscal year 2014 this past July, the cleaning tallies maintained by MCDOT show impressive gains over last year. Total cleanings reported were 654, with the amount of litter collected amounting to the equivalent of 2,654 50-gallon bags of trash. This represents a 26 percent increase in the number of cleanings over those reported last fiscal year. The amount of trash collected also increased by 17 percent.

A high point for the volunteers's efforts occurred this spring in connection with Earth Month activities. During April, 43 groups reported conducting 62 cleanings which resulted in approximately 19,575 gallons of trash being collected (the equivalent of  435 50-gallon trash bags).

This data is considered conservative, since less than half of the enlisted groups are actually reporting their cleanings. The reporting function is a fairly recent request. Many groups that have been with the program for years are not in the habit of reporting their cleanings, so the data tends to underestimate the actual amount of trash, litter, and debris that these dedicated volunteers are picking up along the County right of way.

If you would be interested in adopting a road segment or a spot, visit our website to see information about the program including an application, or call MCDOT's Office of Community Outreach at 240.777.7155. 

 

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