Adopt-a-Road Program

In December, 1993, the council at the Regional Municipality of Niagara authorized staff to organize and implement an Adopt-a-road program as a public service program for volunteers to pick up litter along certain Regional rights-of-way. It is a way for certain environmentally conscientious citizens, community and civic organizations, private business and industry to contribute to a cleaner environment and a more beautiful Regional road system.

Under the program, groups and individuals agree to adopt a section of Regional right-of-way and keep it clean. In addition to the satisfaction gained by providing a cleaner environment, the volunteers are recognized by a sign erected by the Region acknowledging their efforts.

Volunteer's Responsibilities

Volunteers participating in the Adopt-a-Road Program agree to:

  • Appoint or select an authorized group representative to act on behalf of the group
  • Ensure that the authorized representative attends a safety meeting provided by the Region and in turn provides annual safety training to volunteers of his organization
  • Pick up litter, a minimum of three (3) times per year to maintain a clean right-of-way
  • Collect litter only from the adopted right-of-way section
  • Notify the Region prior to each clean-up
  • Utilize all appropriate safety equipment as provided by the Region and follow the safety rules contained in the agreement

Safety Guidelines for Adopt-a-Road Volunteers

Region of Niagara's Responsibilities

The Region will:

  • Select a special section of Regional right-of-way to be adopted (taking into consideration the organization's stated preference)
  • Provide safety vests, road work signs, trash bags, safety information and training, flags and traffic cones
  • Erect a sign with the group's name displayed at the beginning and end of each adopted section of right-of-way
  • Remove and dispose of filled trash bags
  • Remove litter from the adopted right-of-way section that have been flagged by the group as being too large, heavy or hazardous for the group to remove

Participant Agreement

Each group is required to sign an agreement, agreeing to the terms and conditions of the program.

The agreement contains a form to be signed by the participants which holds the Region of Niagara harmless from any responsibility for any injuries or damages that they may cause or suffer as a result of participating in the program.

Youths under 18 years of age that are involved in the program must have a signed consent form from the partent or guardian.

Detailed information regarding participation in the Adopt-a-Road program may be obtained by contacting the following:

Ms. Jody Head
Adopt-a-Road Coordinator
Public Works Department
Transportation Services Division
The Regional Municipality of Niagara
Sir Isaac Brock Way
Thorold, ON L2V 4T7
Headquarters: 905-980-6000 ext. 3230
Toll Free 1-800-263-7215
Fax 905-685-0013
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