Frederick’s streets and roads are up for adoption, as groups can now select a stretch of roadway in the city to keep clean of garbage and litter.

Interested groups or individuals can adopt a section of roadway of at least one mile that they’ll pledge to clean at least four times a year.

The city will provide bags, gloves and safety vests for the pick-ups, and a sign with the group’s name will be placed at each adopted section of road.

Groups can select their own section of road, but it must be owned by the city and at least one mile long, said Jenny Willoughby, the city’s sustainability manager.

If anyone is unsure about their section or has questions, they can email Willoughby at

The leader of a group should fill out an online form to get the process started, and individual participants will have to each fill out another form on the city’s website to participate.

Once Willoughby has gotten an application from a group’s leader, she’ll reach out to organize supplies and get them prepared for their first pick-up event, she said.

The city will collect trash bags once an event is finished, she said.

Volunteers must be at least 12 years old, and those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Are volunteers covered by the City’s insurance? Did anyone check? I seriously doubt it.


People are pigs. What's the matter with people that they think it's OK to throw trash out of their car window? It's sad that we need to pick up after others. Don't they care about their own community and the planet?



In fact, the Adopt-A-Highway program requires volunteers to clean the roadway, whereas the Sponsor-A-Highway program is paid by the organization to clean the roadway, a much safer approach, as the City-endorsed program has organization members working in the roadways-- a very dangerous practice even for trained workers, state police officers, and MDOT employees. The City should consider safer alternatives.


"...sign with the group’s name will be placed at each adopted section of road." SPONSORED is the appropriate word when "adopted" is used to refer to people permanently placed with loving families. But you're right, a road is just as fulfilling and meaningful. Never mind.

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