TOMPKINS COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
Tompkins County Highway Department began its Adopt-A-Highway Program
in 1992. The Program was initiated to provide for litter pick-up
along County roadsides, and for the opportunity for roadside beautification
by volunteer organizations.
Downsizing and other priorities have made it nearly impossible for
full-time highway staff to collect roadside litter as part of spring cleanup
or general roadside maintenance. Volunteer organizations are able
to provide a service to the public that otherwise could not be provided
by highway staff. Through their efforts, volunteer groups are able
to demonstrate community service and esprit de corps.
The Program has been a clear success, with current participation
by close to 50 groups (with more usually in the process of "adopting")
from around the County. These groups currently collect the litter
from almost 90 miles of County Roads. Roadsides are less littered,
and removal of objects along the roadside provides both a safer and cleaner
environment for motorists, bikers, and pedestrians alike.
~ 189 bags, plus tires and
miscellaneous trash were collected through the Program in 2012! In
addition, several groups recycle*
the litter and/or dispose of it themselves. Thank you to all who
* Recycling is encouraged.
for a list of highways adopted by local organizations.
Click here for
for Adopt a Highway's agreement contract.
(Updated May 8, 2013)