The Nova Scotia Adopt-a-Highway program gives volunteer groups the opportunity to help their communities by collecting litter and beautifying roadsides and interchange areas.  By "adopting" a section of 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 or exit is available for adoption with the exception of 100-series highways or any roadway deemed unsafe. 

In Nova Scotia the program was started in 1997 with an initial 18 volunteer groups.  Today, there are over 170 groups who have adopted more than 1000 kilometers of secondary road and fourteen 100-series highway interchange areas (exits) throughout the province.  On average, 5-6 thousand bags of garbage and recyclable materials are picked up along adopted Nova Scotia highways each year. 

If your group would like to adopt a roadway or find out more information on the benefits of adopting, please go to the Nova Scotia Adopt-a-Highway-Program website. 

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