The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) continues to celebrate the 362 groups and organizations that help to clean up Oakland County roadsides by participating in the Adopt-A-Road program. The final round of the RCOC 2023 cleanups is Sept. 23 through Oct. 1.
“This clean-up is the final push to remove debris from roadsides before winter is here. It begins this Saturday and is a great opportunity to beautify our roadsides and enhance the beauty of the fall season,” RCOC Board Chair Andrea LaLonde said. “Volunteer groups and organizations make this program extremely successful and do a fantastic job in Oakland County working to improve the environment along 579 miles of roads”
Any group interested in adopting a paved county road section should call the RCOC Permits Division at 248-858-4891 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Participating organizations receive orange safety vests, training and garbage bags.
Additionally, RCOC erects signs at both ends of the designated road sections recognizing the volunteer groups responsible for the sections. Road segments are approved by the RCOC Board of Road Commissioners.
Participating groups are reminded to call the RCOC Permits Division to arrange pick up of litter bags after the cleanup. RCOC relies on groups to call and verify that contact information is current. Groups needing additional garbage bags or safety vests can also call the Permits Division.
Motorists can help augment the effort by slowing down when volunteers are seen picking up trash along roadways and joining RCOC in reminding others not to litter. Residents can help too by keeping roadside catch basins in front of their homes free of leaves and debris so roads can properly drain throughout the fall and winter months.
For more information on the RCOC Adopt-A-Road program, visit http://www.rcocweb.org/218/Adopt-A-Road. For a map of roads that are part of the program, visit https://tinyurl.com/5u354fkh.