Program Details

Adopt-A-Highway Program
  • It is a public service program for volunteers to pick up litter along Otter Tail County Highways.
  • It is a way for environmentally conscious citizens to make a personal contribution to a cleaner environment.
Why You Should Care
  • Litter is unsightly. It destroys the natural beauty of Otter Tail County's roadsides.
  • Litter is expensive to pick up. Otter Tail County spends approximately $10,000 per year picking up litter with MN / DOT spending approximately $2,000,000 per year to remove litter from state highways across Minnesota.
  • Litter free county highways say "Welcome" to visitors in Otter Tail County and make us proud to be Minnesotans.
Adopt a Highway Sign
How the Otter Tail County's Adopt-a-Highway Program Works
Community groups, churches, businesses, individuals or other interested parties adopt a county highway by picking up litter along both sides of the roadway for at least 2 years.

Adopt-A-Highway Groups Responsibilities & Roles
  • Adopt a county highway for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Select a segment of county highway at least 2 miles in length.
  • Pick up the litter along both sides of the county highway at least 2 times per year.
The Otter Tail County Highway Department Responsibilities & Roles
  • Provide high visibility vests, trash bags and safety information.
  • Remove filled trash bags from the road sides and remove large, heavy or hazardous items.
  • Erect a 2.5 foot by 4 foot sign to recognize your group's efforts.
What Else You Should Know
  • The Otter Tail County Highway Department will help your group select a county highway to adopt.
  • Your group's representative will sign an agreement on behalf of your entire group.
  • All participants must review the safety information provided by the Otter Tail County Highway Department before every pick up.
  • Participants must be at least 12 years old, unless written permission is obtained from the Otter Tail County Highway Department. Participants 18 years of age or younger must have adequate adult supervision.
  • Work may not be allowed on or near holidays.
  • Groups shall leave filled trash bags along the roadside as specified by the Otter Tail County Highway Department. Groups are encouraged to recycle materials for their own benefit.
How to Sign Up
If you would like to adopt a county highway, feel free to download and fill out the Adopt-A-Highway Agreement then please stop by, call, or write to the Otter Tail County Highway Department. Please also review the safety tips!

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