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.
In Nova Scotia, the program was started in 1997 with an initial 18 volunteer groups. Today, we have over 160 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.
It's a free, easy way for groups to help their communities, make a visible impact and earn some well-deserved recognition.
Motorists respond. Seeing our Adopt-A-Highway signs and our volunteers at work resonates with would-be littering offenders. Research has shown that highways adopted by Adopt-A-Highway Volunteers are generally less littered than those that haven't been adopted.