Adopt-A-Highway

Adopt-A-Highway
The Adopt-A-Highway Program enlists the help of community volunteers to remove litter from our roadsides. This program saves taxpayer dollars, promotes public awareness of the environmental and monetary costs of littering, and promotes civic responsibility and pride. Adopt-A-Highway volunteers serve as visible reminders that we are all stewards of the land.
Please help clean up Camden County roadsides by volunteering with our Adopt-A-Highway Program. The following information will help you and your group get started with keeping Camden County’s roadways clean. 

How the Program Works
Each volunteer group adopts at least a one-mile stretch of roadway. The group agrees to remove litter from both sides of the road at least four times a year for a two-year period. If a group desires to pay for a litter removal service, the group will need to adopt at least a two-mile stretch of highway for two years. The volunteer group’s leader notifies the appropriate Camden County office at least three business days prior to a scheduled pickup. The filled litter bags are left on the site at a predetermined location for County crews to pick up. Within one week after the pickup, the volunteer group will submit a Status Report to the County office.

Who Can Participate
Any civic-minded organization, business, family, city, county, state, or federal agency is welcome to volunteer in Camden County’s Adopt-A-Highway program. Each volunteer group must have at least six members, and three backup members. All members’ names, addresses and phone numbers must be provided to Camden County prior to acceptance of the Application. Children aged twelve to fifteen years must be supervised by adults at a rate of one adult for every three children. However, children under the age of twelve are ineligible to participate in the program. To show the community that you are doing your part to clean up Camden County, the County will erect a sign with the Adopt-A-Highway logo and your group’s name after your first pickup. Sorry, but logos, insignias, slogans, phone or fax numbers, Internet addresses, ham radio IDs, or directions are not allowed. The County will place the recognition signs at the beginning of your adoption project area on both sides of the road. The schedule of sign placement and the size, content and location are at the discretion of Camden County.

How to Get Started
Carefully read all the terms and conditions of your permit.
1. Organize your group and get commitments before you submit your permit application.
2. Contact the County Coordinator. The County Coordinator can tell you whether a particular site is available for adoption or can, if you prefer, recommend a suitable site for you.
3. Complete the permit application and submit it to the Camden County Public Works Department – Roads Division.
4. The County Coordinator will notify you when you are approved and will assist you in getting started.
Please be aware of these conditions pertaining to your permit:
• Permits may be renewed every two years.
• You cannot transfer your permit to others.
• You or Camden County may cancel anytime you are unable to meet permit requirements.
• Permits may be temporarily suspended by Camden County for safety reasons.

Adoptable Areas
County maintained routes may be adopted. Currently, the Camden County Roads Department manages over 300 miles of primary and secondary roadways. Check with the County Coordinator to determine what roads in your area are available for adoption. For state routes, contact Georgia Department of Transportation at 912.427.5733, or visit their website, www.dot.state.ga.us.
Areas that cannot be adopted include,
• Areas that are already adopted. However, you can be put on a waiting list for these areas on a first-come, first-serve basis).
• Mainline interstate or limited access highways.
• Areas where the speed limit is more than 55 mph.
• Areas where access is unsafe.
• Areas that are safe only with traffic controls.
• Areas where the shoulder of the road is too narrow.
• Areas where visibility is too restricted.
• Areas where construction is under way or planned.
• Areas that have heavy traffic or the traffic is too close to the work area.
• Areas where the terrain is too rugged or where the vegetation is too dense.
In the above situations, your County Coordinator will be happy to find you a more suitable, safer area to adopt.

What Camden County Will Provide
• We will loan you safety vests which must be worn by all participants while volunteering on Camden County right-of-way.
• We will provide you with free trash bags and dispose of the trash you collect and leave bagged at predetermined locations in your adoption area.
• We will waive the permit fee for Adopt-A-Highway groups.
• We will provide and install your recognition signs.
• We will provide a Safety training slide show.
• We will waive insurance requirements for volunteer participants.

County Coordinator
Luke Spangler 
Camden County Public Works Department – Roads Division
1004 Bedell Old Plantation Road
Woodbine, Georgia 31569
(912) 576-3028

State Coordinator
Jeffrey Walker
Georgia Department of Transportation
204 N Highway 301
PO Box 608
Jesup, Georgia 31545
(912) 427-5733

Safety
Roadways are dangerous places, so all volunteers should be mentally alert while picking up litter. All volunteers should be in good physical condition, including sight and hearing. Additionally, good common sense should used. There should be one supervising adult for every three children aged 12 - 15. Alcohol use is prohibited on County right-of-way. 
- Safety Procedures slide show

Plan for Safety
• Review safety precautions. Prior to each activity, complete the Participant Waiver Form and have each participant sign it. Save it for your records.
• Assign work teams and leaders before you reach the site. Distribute trash bags beforehand. Estimate the amount of time your pickup and agree on a meeting place when you’re finished.
• Carpool to the site to reduce the number of vehicles parked on the side of the road. Be sure to park in a safe spot as far from the road as possible and all on the same side. Be careful not to park in an area that would obstruct motorist’ views, such as on a curve in the road.
• Bring along an adequate first-aid kit. Identify the nearest hospital and know how to get there in an emergency. At least one person in your group should know CPR techniques.
• Bring a cell phone.
• Obtain emergency contacts for each group member and bring their numbers with you.
• Don’t overexert yourself. Bring along a supply of drinking water and take breaks.

Safe Work Habits
• Wear your orange safety vests at all time.
• Work only during daylight hours and during good weather. During the hot summer months, it’s a good idea to restrict your work to morning hours.
• Make sure the litter pickup signs are displayed, and close them after pickup is complete.
• Work only one side of the road at a time.
• Whenever possible, face oncoming traffic. Stay alert and be prepared to move out of the way in an emergency. Stay with your team.
• Do not wear headsets. They could prevent you from hearing traffic or other hazards.
• Do not crush collected trash to make more room in the bag. Broken or jagged objects could cause accidental injuries.
• Do not pick up syringes or hypodermic needles, animal carcasses, or heavy, large, or hazardous materials. Flag these items and notify Camden County Road Department for pickup.
• Do not “horse around” or do anything to purposely distract drivers.
• Avoid poison ivy or other noxious weeds.
• Avoid insects such as fire ants, yellow jackets, wasps, etc. Also, be aware of and avoid animals such as snakes, possums, and raccoons.
• Stay away from construction sites, mowing activities, open water, bridges, overpasses, or retaining walls that could be dangerous for workers.

Safety Gear and Clothing
• High-visibility vests (loaned to you by the Road Department)
• Leather, thick-soled boots or shoes
• Light colored clothing, brightly colored hat
• Long pants and long-sleeved shirt
• Sunscreen
• Insect repellent
• First aid kit
• Cell phone

Links:
Georgia Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway Program 
http://www.dot.ga.gov/DS/Travel/AdoptHwy

Keep America Beautiful 
http://www.kab.org

Keep Georgia Beautiful 
http://www.keepgeorgiabeautiful.org/default.asp

Keep Camden Beautiful
Julie Jones, Executive Director
912-882-1210
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