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Program guidelines

What volunteers must provide

  • A completed Adopt a Road application and right of way utilization permit.
  • A two-year commitment to pick up litter along the designated stretch of roadway.
  • A commitment to pick up litter at least four times a year.
  • A designated coordinator for clean-ups.
  • Schedule the date and time of each pickup through the county's Adopt a Road contact at 386-943-7889.
  • Collect provided safety equipment and litter bags from the designated location.
  • Return provided safety equipment once clean-up is complete.
  • Place all trash collected at the base of their Adopt a Road sign.
  • Notify the Solid Waste Division of the trash location.
  • Return to the county the form which indicates the hours worked, the number of participants, and the number of bags of trash removed.

What Volusia County provides to volunteers

  • The county will erect a sign at each end of the adopted section with the group's name or acronym displayed in one color, as the group approved on the application form. No logos may be used. (**Volusia County reserves the right to approve, disapprove and/or edit names or acronyms to go on the signs.)
  • Safety vests, which must be returned when clean-up is completed.
  • Portable safety orange road signs that announce volunteers are out. These also must be returned when clean-up is completed.
  • Litter bags.
  • Forms to report the hours worked, the number of participants, and the number of bags of trash removed.

Suggested needy roads list:

Port Orange
Tomoka Farms Road (from Taylor Road to one mile south)

DeBary
Dirksen Boulevard
East Highbanks (17/92-Enterprise)

DeLand
East Beresford Avenue (Garfield to South Blue Lake)
Voorhis Avenue (S.R. 44 to Hill)

New Smyrna Beach
Williams Road
Old Mission Road
Mission Road (S.R. 442 to S.R. 44)
Park Avenue (U.S. 1 to Mission Road)
Enterprise Avenue (Hickory Street to Pioneer Trail)
Pioneer Trail (State Road 44 to State Road 415)
River Road (Drum to Flounder)

Pierson
Old County Road 3
Emporia Road
West Palmetto Avenue

If you wish to adopt a road or portion of road within city limits, please contact your city.

Guidelines and conditions

We appreciate your willingness to assist in keeping roads in Volusia County clean. The Solid Waste Division also stresses the importance of volunteers following safety practices. The purpose of this section of your permit is to familiarize you with the guidelines and conditions that you agree to when you join the Adopt a Road program.

I. Group responsibility

  • Any local community organization, school group or business group, as well as individuals 18 years of age or older, will be allowed to adopt roadways maintained by the county. Participants must have an approved Adopt a Road agreement on file with the county's Adopt a Road Program Coordinator, and it must be kept current.
  • Each group shall be responsible for appointing or selecting a clean-up coordinator to serve as spokesperson for the group. This person's name shall be provided to the Adopt a Road Program Coordinator and kept current.
  • Adopt a Road groups are prohibited from subcontracting or assigning its duties and responsibilities to any other group, organization or enterprise.
  • The group's clean-up coordinator shall advise the county in the event that the group no longer wishes to participate in the program.
  • Each group shall be required to adopt a minimum of one mile. Litter pickup will be done on each side of the roadway including up to 10' of the right-of-way. Participants should not enter private property during the cleanup.
  • Each group shall be required to adopt a section of road for a minimum of two years. Adoption of these road sections may be renewed by completing a new application.
  • Each group shall be required to pick up litter a minimum of four times a year and report results to the Adopt a Road Program Coordinator. Groups may clean up more than four times if necessary. Several groups may adopt the same section if it is deemed beneficial by the Adopt a Road Program Coordinator due to large amounts of litter. A reminder will be sent out if no cleanups are reported within six months. If no cleanups are reported within 9 months, the road signs will be removed so that another group may adopt this section of roadway.
  • Each group will be provided with safety vests and collection supplies loaned from the county's Adopt a Road Program Coordinator. In order to assist operations, groups are asked to contact the county to order these items at least seven days prior to the scheduled clean-up event.
  • Each group will be responsible for returning all safety vests and unused supplies furnished by the county to the Adopt a Road Program Coordinator within 10 days following each cleanup, during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday), unless other arrangements have been pre-approved.
  • Each group shall be responsible for placing the bagged litter at the Adopt a Road signs and notifying the Adopt a Road Program Coordinator of their location. The county's Public Works Department pick up the trash on their next workday.
  • Each group agrees to separate recyclable materials and place them in the recycling receptacle at home for curbside collection or deliver them to a recycling drop-off site. Heavily soiled bottles and cans should be placed in with the trash for pickup. Do not recycle broken glass. Either leave the glass or carefully place broken glass in the trash bag for disposal by the county.

II. County responsibility

  • The county shall, in no event, have the right to control when the group performs the details of picking up litter from the section of roadway adopted by the group. In picking up litter, the group shall act as an independent contractor. The county requires that cleanups be conducted during daylight hours.
  • The county's Adopt a Road Program Coordinator will be responsible for working with the group to determine the specific section of roadway right-of-way to be adopted.
  • The county will erect a sign at each end of the adopted section with the group's name or acronym displayed in one color, as the group approved on the application form. No logos may be used.
  • The county will loan safety vests, trash bags and safety signs for cleanups.
  • The county agrees to remove filled trash bags on the first workday after the clean-up event.

III. Safety rules

  • The participants of each group agree to obey and abide by all laws and regulations relating to safety and such other terms and conditions as may be required by the county's Adopt a Road Program Coordinator.
  • The group agrees to furnish one adult for every seven participants of a group who are fifteen years of age or younger. No child under ten years of age should be participating in the collection of material on the roadway.
  • Each group agrees to ensure that the "Caution: Litter Clean-Up" signs are set out at each end of the road clean-up section. The group also agrees to place the filled trash bags at the nearest Adopt a Road identity sign for collection by the county.
  • Each individual participant of the group shall be responsible for wearing approved safety vests provided by the county during the pickup. Participants shall provide their own gloves and any cleanup devices as they determine are needed.
  • Each group shall be responsible for prohibiting participants from either possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages or illicit drugs while on the adopted section and performing tasks associated with the cleanup.
  • Each group shall be responsible for providing a proper first aid kit and adequate drinking water for volunteers who are participating in the litter pickup.
  • Waste that may pose a hazard to volunteers (i.e. syringes, chemicals, etc.) should not be picked up; it will be the responsibility of the group clean-up coordinator to contact the county for the pickup and disposal of these items. You may leave a message for Jennifer Stirk, Volusia County Environmental Specialist, by calling 386-947-2952. Be sure to carefully describe where these items can be found and leave your name and phone number.

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