Why has the Program been Established?
The Regional Municipality of York's Adopt-A-Road Program was established as a public service program for volunteers to help maintain the Regional road rights-of-way free and clear of garbage and litter. It is a way for environmentally conscientious citizens or groups to make a contribution to a cleaner environment. Under the program, groups or individuals agree to adopt a section of road right-of-way and keep it clear of debris. In addition to a cleaner environment, the volunteer(s) are recognized through a sign erected by the Region acknowledging their efforts.
Who can Participate in the Adopt-A-Road Program?
A group or individual may apply to the Region for an Adopt-A-Road program agreement. The Region will determine the eligibility of these groups or individuals that exhibit the desire to achieve the Adopt-A-Road objectives.Volunteers Must:
Volunteers Must NOT:
- Be at least 12 years old
- Receive annual Region of York safety training prior to the first pick-up of the year, and review safety rules before each clean up
- Provide at least one adult supervisor (19 years or older) for every five workers.
- Always wear an approved safety vest
- Display the "Road Work" sign before starting the clean-up and remove the sign when finished
- Clean-up only one side of the road at a time and work towards oncoming traffic
- Pick up litter during daylight hours ONLY
- Flag hazardous or unidentifiable objects for pick-up by Regional staff
- Place trash bags at the designated pick-up site(s)
- Walk, or pick up litter on the pavement, shoulder, or in the median
- Work on bridges, overpasses, steep ground, or in tunnels
- Walk across the pavement to switch sides
- Touch or pick up hazardous items, or anything that cannot be identified
How can you Apply for the Program?
905-895-3047 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Drop Off:
90 Bales Drive East, East Gwillimbury (North off Davis Drive just East of Woodbine Ave.)
Safety Guidelines for Volunteers
- Think safety. There are a few simple rules that are worth remembering when it comes to safely working along the roadway.
- All volunteers must review the rules before each clean-up session.
The Region will:
- Provide safety vests, "Road Work" signs, trash bags, safety information, training videos, flags, and traffic cones
- Erect signs with the group's name displayed at the beginning of each adopted section of road
- Remove and dispose of filled trash bags
- Remove any and all flagged items
- Monitor and ensure the objectives of the program are being met
For further information on the Adopt-A-Road Program, please contact us at: email@example.com