CHARLESTON, W.Va. (September 26, 2019) – The
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP)’s Adopt-A-Highway fall
statewide cleanup is set for Saturday, Sept. 28.
Co-sponsored by the WVDEP and the state Division of Highways, the AAH program
is administered by the WVDEP’s Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP).
Its goals include improving the quality of our environment by encouraging
public involvement in the elimination of highway litter. Since the program’s
inception in 1988, state citizens have cleaned up close to 70,000 miles of
state highways and roads during annual spring and fall AAH events.
Individuals, families, churches, businesses, schools, civic organizations,
government agencies, and communities can register to pick up trash on almost
any state-maintained road, back road, or main route. Private roads and
interstate highways cannot be adopted.
The AAH program provides garbage bags, work gloves, and safety vests to
volunteers and takes care of disposing of collected trash. Volunteers must be
at least 12 years old to participate. One-time cleanups are encouraged,
but must be registered.
To register, call 1-800-322-5530 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you
reach the REAP voicemail, please leave your name, phone number, group name,
date of cleanup, number of participants, and the county where your adopted road
For more WVDEP news and
information, go to www.dep.wv.gov. Also, connect with the agency on
all social media platforms. Follow @DEPWV on Twitter, Like us on Facebook
at https://www.facebook.com/depwv/, and find us on YouTube by
searching “Environment Matters.”
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