Howard County Adopt-A-Road
Clean-Up Safety Procedures and
Group Leader’s Guidelines
CLEAN-UP SAFETY PROCEDURES
participants must be aware that working along a public road
may be hazardous and strict adherence to these procedures is
with members less than 16 years of age must be supervised by
adults 18 years or older (1 adult for every 5 participants
under age 16). All participants MUST BE AT LEAST 12 YEARS
groups should be divided into teams of 12 or fewer members.
A Team Leader must be designated for each team.
- Clean up
attire should consist of light-colored clothing, pants,
shirts with long-sleeves, bright colored hats, heavy gloves,
and sturdy soled footwear.
pick up may be performed only during daylight hours and in
good weather conditions. Avoid peak traffic hours (prior to
9 am and after 4 pm). Abandon activity in the event that
weather turns inclement during a clean up.
reviewing Clean Up and Safety Procedures, participants
should car pool when possible, to the clean up area. Park
as far off the road as possible and in a safe area. Be sure
to lock your car.
members must arrive on site wearing their orange safety
vests at all times during the clean-up.
arrival at your designated section of road, you must affix
the safety warning signs to the Adopt-A-Road signs. Remove
the safety warning signs at the end of the clean up
must work facing oncoming traffic at all times. Stay away
from construction sites, county maintenance activities,
bridges, ramps, intersections, and any other hazardous
areas. Be aware that some dogs are very protective of their
- Clean up
activities should be performed off the roadway only. Avoid
performing clean up activities in the roadway itself.
- Appoint a
spotter to observe traffic conditions when working near the
roadway or a narrow shoulder.
emergency vehicles come into your area, remember that cars
will be pulling onto the shoulder area to let them pass.
Move out of their way in advance and give them room.
bags should be overfilled. Tie bags securely using the top
portion of the bag. Place bags beside shoulder where they
will not be hit.
pick up or handle discarded needles or syringes, car
batteries, animal carcasses, potentially dangerous/hazardous
materials, or any object that appears questionable. Team
Leaders should report these items to the Group Leader, who
in turn should include this on the clean up activity report
under “additional remarks or findings”.
beverages and drugs are prohibited at all times.
distract motorists with horseplay or abrupt, erratic
Leaders (along with the Group Leader) are responsible for
ensuring compliance with Clean Up and Safety Procedures. In
addition, they are responsible for posting and retrieving
the warning signs, assigning spotters where necessary, and
reporting hazardous materials to the Group Leader.
The Group Leader should discuss
The location of the nearest
hospital and first aid kit
Hazards observed along the
clean up route
Drinking plenty of fluids and
Avoiding poisonous plants
And other hazards that may be
of Public Works Adopt-A-Road Program is open to civic, business
or church groups, families or individuals located or residing
within Howard County.
must be a minimum of 12 years old. Groups with participants
less than 16 years old must be supervised by an adult at least
18 years of age. At least one adult is required for every 5
participants less than 16 years old.
Groups are requested to adopt a 1-3
mile section of county road for a minimum of 2 years.
request a specific section of road from our current list of
roads that need assistance with litter pick up. Roads will be
assigned on a first-come-, first-serve basis – whichever
agreement is received first.
Other roads may be considered for
adoption, pending approval of the highways supervisor. Roads
will only be selected and approved for adoption if:
littler is a reoccurring problem,
there are no safety issues (i.e.
narrow or no shoulder, limited site distance, etc.).
road is between 1-3 miles.
road is considered safe for
Your first clean up event must
occur within 30 days of your signed agreement.
program requires 4 minimum pick up events per year (with a major
clean during the spring), your adopted road should be monitored
closely for litter control. Additional clean ups may be
required to keep your road clean and litter free.
signs including your organization’s name will be installed at
each end of the adopted sections, after 3 successful clean ups
have taken place (within a 6 month period). Of the group fails
to provide the requested number of clean ups per year, the signs
will be removed and the road will become available for
of Public Works will provide each volunteer group with portable
safety warning signs, safety vests and plastic trash (and
recycling) bags for use during clean up activities.
group leader is required for Adopt-A-Road Volunteer
organizations. The group leader will serve as the liaison with
the Howard County Department of Public Works Adopt-A-Road
Coordinator. The Group Leader will be responsible for signing
the adoption agreement, volunteer waiver forms, scheduling clean
up dates, checking out and returning safety gear, completion and
submittal of clean up reports and ensuring compliance with clean
up and safety procedures.
In planning your scheduled clean up
dates, a “rain date” is recommended in the event of rain or
After your clean up, bags of trash
and other debris should be placed near the adopt-a-road signs.
A work crew will pick up the trash within 1-3 workdays after the
You may want
to use plastic grocery bags with handles during your clean up,
placing the smaller bags in the large trash bags for ease of
helpful to document the source of litter.
clean up report immediately following your cleanup and mail, fax
or email your report to the Adopt-A-Road Program Coordinator.
Contact your assigned highways shop if trash needs to be picked