Adopt a Highway

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Roadside litter is an ongoing problem in New Mexico costing taxpayers millions of dollars each year to control.

It is not only unattractive, but litter and trash can present a safety hazard to the traveling public. It is not possible for NMDOT crews to pick up all litter dropped on New Mexico’s roadways, and we need your help.

The NMDOT Adopt-A-Highway Program provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations, or businesses to help keep New Mexico’s roadsides beautiful while taking pride in our community and protecting our environment for future generations to enjoy.

What's required?

The adopting group will need to pick up litter from both sides of the roadway a minimum of twice a year. You will need to coordinate with your districts Adopt-A-Highway coordinator before each adopted section is a minimum of one mile, however longer sections can be requested.

What does NMDOT provide?

  • NMDOT will provide trash bags for clean-up
  • NMDOT will install two highway signs indicating your adopted section and who is taking care of the road.
  • NMDOT will provide vests and trash bags.
  • NMDOT will collect and dispose of trash bags after the collection effort.

How do I get involved?

To get involved contact the Adopt-A-Highway coordinator for your district. You can identify your district by finding your county on the map.