New Jersey is the third smallest state in land size, the most densely populated state in the nation and has more vehicles per mile on its roads. Cumberland County joins New Jersey and 40 other states who sponsor similar Adopt-A-Road programs.
Many different types of people and organizations have become a part of the Adopt-A-Road family. It has attracted people from all walks of life to work together to keep the roads of Cumberland County litter free. The Cumberland County Adopt-A-Road Program supports the on-going efforts of the Cumberland County Clean Communities Program and the New Jersey Adopt-A-Highway Program to make our county roads more attractive. At the same time, it supports controlling the growing cost of litter removal on the 540 miles of roads and bridges under its jurisdiction.
The Cumberland County Clean Communities Program will provide a sign on the adopted section of road that identifies the program and the group or individual. Groups/Individuals may “adopt” at least a two-mile section of a county road after agreement to terms as identified in the formal online application with the CCIA and the Cumberland County Clean Communities Program.
The agreement states that the group/individual:
- Must do a cleanup at least four times a year.
- Must designate a leader who ensures that safety is a priority.
- Uses safety equipment.
- Receives roadside safety instructions.
- Has participants no younger than 16 years of age.
- Follows appropriate recycling techniques.
The Adopt-A-Road Program provides citizens with an opportunity to help the Cumberland County Clean Communities Program achieve a mutual goal of safe, attractive, litter free roadways. It also raises the public’s level of awareness about the alarming increase in the amount of roadside trash. The Adopt-A-Road Program promotes and establishes the stewardship of public lands by citizens, and is an example of how partnerships between the private sector and government can help resolve a problem.