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Adopt a Highway Day

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The Nova Scotia Adopt-A-Highway Program (AAH) offers organizations, volunteer groups, and businesses the opportunity to contribute to their community and province by removing litter from roadsides or interchanges/exits.

By “adopting” a section of provincial roadway, a group pledges to complete one to two roadside cleanups per year, renewing every three years. After the group has completed two cleanups, the Adopt-A-Highway program will requisition signs to be installed along the cleanup route by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal of Nova Scotia (TIR), at no cost to the group. Any highway, road, street, and exit is available for adoption with the exception of 100-Series Highways or any roadway deemed unsafe.

The Adopt-A-Highway Program started in Nova Scotia in 1992 when the Women’s Institutes of Nova Scotia, Lions Clubs of Nova Scotia, and Clean Nova Scotia met with the Department of Transportation and Public Works to answer the following question, “How do we combat litter along Nova Scotia’s highways?” In 1992 the AAH Program was initiated as a pilot project that included only 18 cleanup groups. By 1997, with the help of the Halifax Regional Municipality, the Nova Scotia Adopt-A-Highway Program was officially launched.

To date, the Adopt-A-Highway Program has more than 170 groups who have adopted more than 1,000 kilometers of secondary roads and eighteen 100-Series Highway Interchange areas (Exits) throughout the province. On average, six thousand bags of garbage and recyclable materials are picked up along adopted Nova Scotia roadways each year.

This year, the group took over the delivery of Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up Program Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up. The new partnership with Clean Nova Scotia broadens reach and removes even more litter from the province..

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