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History of Adopt-a-Highway

Washington's Adopt-a-Highway program started in 1990. In addition to this, many counties and cities have started their own adopt-a-road or adopt-a-street program. Trails and beaches have also been included in other adoption programs. Please contact your county or city office for more information about those programs.

The first Adopt-a-Highway program began in Texas in 1985. Concerned citizens wanted to help clean up the littered highways. Since then, thousands of groups have volunteered their time and effort picking up litter on highways all over the country. Forty-nine of the 50 states in the U.S. have a program like Adopt-a-Highway.