Adopt-a-Road Program

It was 1994 when the Woolwich Healthy Communities Group asked the Region if it could formally adopt a section of Regional Road 17. They wanted to help keep it clean by picking up roadside debris.

That request turned out to be the start of our Adopt-a-Road Program.

Once the Region installed signs marking the stretch of road for Woolwich Healthy Communities, other organizations expressed interest in joining the program.

Currently 70 organizations participate in Adopt-a-Road. More than 6,200 bags of garbage have been collected to date.

Adopt-a-Road volunteers must be at least 12 years of age; youth between the ages of 12 and 18 must be supervised at the roadside by adults. Groups are expected to adopt a minimum of two kilometres of road, and litter must be collected on both sides of the road at least twice a year.

In return, the Region provides safety training, safety vests, flags and trash bags, and collects bagged litter after a cleanup.

If your group or organization is interested in participating in the program, you may download an Adopt-a-Road application by clicking here.

For more information, contact:
Penny Evans, Program Co-ordinator
Administration/Dispatch Services
Transportation Operations, Region of Waterloo
or e-mail Penny Evans