Adopt-a-Highway

Adopt-a-Highway is a public service program for volunteers to pick up litter along Minnesota's roadways.

Rice County's Adopt-a-Highway program


Thank you for your interest in providing volunteer litter clean up along county roads. Roadway segments are assigned to groups on a first come first serve basis.
Highway with green grass on either side and the sky in the background.
Every attempt will be made to assign segments requested, but in the event of conflicts, the closest available road segment will be offered to interested groups.

Recognition Signs


The county's program does not provide the blue and white recognition sign seen along other highways because of the sign cost. The county will install a sign if the purchase and installation costs ($150 per sign) are included with the permit application. A group desiring signs may request a sign at either or both ends of the adopted segment.

Participation


Anyone interested in participating in the Adopt-a-Highway Program should fill out the Rice County Permit form and Terms and Conditions form and return it to the Rice County Highway Department.

We look forward to successful roadside litter clean up efforts and appreciate your participation.


Minnesota's Adopt-a-Highway program


The state of Minnesota Adopt-a-Highway program asks community and church groups, businesses and other organizations to adopt a highway by picking up litter on both sides of a roadway for at least two years.

Class Projects


Classes looking for a shorter-term environmental project may want to consider Pick-a-Highway, a one-time litter pickup on an assigned segment of state highway. MnDOT provides the bags, safety vests, training and bag retrieval. Volunteers contribute approximately four hours of labor.