Litter free roads help keep communities connected

Adopt-A-Road volunteers in action in October 2015.

Adopt-A-Road volunteers in action in October 2015.

When making your list of New Year’s resolutions think about making a difference in your community – include Adopt-A-Road and become a volunteer! The King County Adopt-A-Road Program is a program to remove litter debris from county roads and improve the quality of the environment.

King County’s Adopt-A-Road program began in 1991. Since then, more than 500 volunteer groups have cleaned hundreds of miles of roadway, taking thousands of bags of litter off county roads. In 2015, over 1,500 volunteers spent 4,300 hours collecting more than 2,800 bags of litter off of unincorporated King County roads.

In October, Adopt-A-Road Coordinator Andrea Weder, Maintenance Manager Jeremy Ferguson, and Customer Service Administrator Brandy Rettig met with long-time volunteer “Big Don” Amundson on 31st Avenue South to help clean a portion of the Valley Drifters Cruizin Association’s two miles of adopted roadway near Lake Dolloff. Five bags of garbage and debris were removed from the shoulders and ditches along the road while appreciative neighbors slowed down and honked their approval. Volunteering since 2007, Mr. Amundson completes cleanups on a monthly basis, and in the past eight years has removed 550 bags of litter from just his route.

Roads in King County carry more than one million trips per day, and Adopt-A-Road volunteers help to keep King County communities connected by keeping our roads clean and litter free. Research has shown people are more likely to litter in areas where litter has already accumulated; keeping our roadways free from litter helps to discourage drivers from littering clean areas. Adopt-A-Road groups commit to clean a two-mile section of roadway twice a year for two years. As a volunteer, you will receive training and support, a safety orientation and equipment for cleanup events, two Adopt-A-Road recognition signs posted on your assigned route, the opportunity to positively impact the community, and recognition for a job well done.

There are many roads in unincorporated King County that are available for adoption. Encourage your family, neighbors, friends, and co-workers to partner with King County Road Services to remove litter debris from county roads and improve the quality of the environment. Visit the King County Adopt-A-Road Program webpage and don’t forget to follow them on Facebook.