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Adopt a Highway

The Adopt-A-Highway program has been one of the most successful programs ever enacted to combat litter along our highways.

South Carolina’s beautiful landscapes are one of the state’s most precious natural resources. Not only that, with millions of tourists coming to the state each year, our scenic beauty is also an important economic resource, one we need to protect.

In 1988, the Adopt-A-Highway program began in South Carolina, and has been one of the most successful programs in combating litter along our highways ever enacted. The South Carolina Department of Transportation believes this success comes from relying on individual citizens who genuinely care about the beauty of their state and want to take responsibility for enhancing that beauty.

A group who wants to “adopt a highway” must agree to adopt at least two miles of highway and participate in at least three cleanups per year. A group leader must be chosen and an Adopt-A-Highway Agreement Form must be submitted and approved. The group is committed for a two year period, then can either renew for another two years, or choose another section of highway if it wants to continue with the program.

After the first cleanup, SCDOT will post a sign recognizing your organization’s efforts to keep South Carolina beautiful — with our heartfelt thanks.

If you feel your group might be interested in being part of something beautiful, contact the volunteer Adopt-a-Highway Coordinator in Colleton County at the Walterboro-Colleton Chamber of Commerce 843-549-9595 or

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