Become an AAH Team Today
...and join our 200+ adoptive groups working to beautify the Midlands!
Adopt-a-Highway is one of our most popular programs. It is operated with assistance from the SC Department of Transportation (DOT). Volunteer teams adopt a 2-mile section of a highway for a minimum of two years and schedule cleanups of their selected area at least four times each year.
How to Participate
...in the AAH Program in Lexington and Richland Counties.
1. Gather an interested and enthusiastic group who is willing to adopt a state maintained road or highway and be responsible for picking up litter along its right-of-way on FOUR designated Saturdays a year for a TWO YEAR period.
2. Select a state-maintained road to adopt in either Richland County or Lexington County from the lists in the links below.
- You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these lists. To download the Reader for free, click here.)
- Active AAH groups are highlighted. These sections are currently unavailable.
- If the road you are interested in adopting is NOT listed, please contact Keep the Midlands Beautiful at 803-733-1139 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss possible options.
3. Complete the AAH Agreement Form below after you have selected your road and have confirmed that it is available.
4. Return the completed form:
- Mail or deliver to:
Keep the Midlands Beautiful
1305 Augusta Rd
West Columbia, SC 29169
- E-mail to KMB at email@example.com
- FAX 803-733-1119
5. The designated group leader must attend an official safety training session before your group can participate in your first pickup.
- Keep the Midlands Beautiful holds safety training sessions every three months.
- Alternatively, an online safety training module may be completed.
- See the Safety Training tab or click here for more information.
6. A group member, or other designated person, must request and then pick up supplies from the Keep the Midlands Beautiful (KMB) office in West Columbia.
- Supplies are provided at no charge.
- Supplies provided include safety vests, and trash bags, as well as recycling bags, masks and hand sanitizer upon request. KMB loans litter grabbers and gloves.
- Request supplies by completing this AAH Supply Request Form or by calling (803) 733-1139.
7. Complete your pick up! Stay safe and hydrated. Have your volunteers sign in on this Waiver Form and return it to KMB.
If you choose to pick up litter on the four days/weekends designated by KMB, then SCDOT will pick up your bags of litter from the roadside. If you choose different days, your group is responsible for properly disposing of the material collected. See the designated dates and learn more about your options here.
8. Submit a short report card after each pick-up to document the number of volunteers, hours spent and the number of bags of litter collected. See the report form here. If preferred, call KMB at (803) 733-1139 to provide this information.
9. Return the grabbers and gloves to the KMB office within one week of each pick-up. Gloves and grabbers are washed and these items are loaned for other pick-ups. If you prefer not to return these, you may purchase your own supplies from KMB or elsewhere.
10. Pick up additional trash bags as needed from:
- KMB office located at 1305 Augusta Road, West Columbia, SC 29169. Parking is limited.
- Lexington Dept. of Transportation office located at 124 Park Road, Lexington, SC 29072.
- Richland County Dept. of Transportation office located at 7201 Fairfield Road, Columbia, SC 29203.
11. The group leader will receive quarterly updates and information about the AAH program through KMB's electronic newsletter, Road Reader.
12. AAH signs will be installed by SCDOT after the group completes and reports a second litter pickup.
13. E-mail photos of your team and of the area before and after picking up litter to AAH@kmbsc.org. Photos sent to KMB may be used on KMB's website and/or social media pages.