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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to adopt a highway?

It’s Free! By ‘adopting’ a section of roadway you are pledging to keep that roadside free from litter. You are agreeing to complete 1 – 2 litter cleanups per year, helping to keep our province clean and beautiful. We also supply garbage bags and safety vests for your cleanups.

What supplies will I receive when I complete my cleanup?

We work with the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) to supply you with garbage bags and safety vests for every cleanup. Depending on your location, the TIR may also be able to assist with the removal of the collected garbage/litter.

How do we dispose of our litter once we have finished our clean-up?

When speaking with the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) regarding the approval of your cleanup permit, please discuss your litter disposal options.

The collected litter may be divided among the participants and added to their roadside garbage collection.

Please note: this material will count towards the current bag limit per single unit household.

What is the smallest length of roadway that can be adopted?

We recommend a five-kilometer stretch of roadway for adoption; however, we are able to approve adoptions one kilometer and longer.

When will my road signage be installed?

After two seasonal (Spring/Fall) cleanups, your signage can be installed by the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR). Once you have completed your two seasonal  cleanups please contact our office to request your signage be installed.

What is a 'Seasonal Cleanup'?

Under the Adopt-A-Highway program we ask that our volunteers complete a cleanup once in the spring and one in the fall. Each cleanup would be considered a seasonal cleanup. If a group completed a cleanup in the spring and fall that would be considered two seasonal cleanups.

Who installs our road signage?

After two seasonal (Spring/Fall) cleanups our office can request the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) install roadway signage. 

What is a cleanup permit?

A cleanup permit is needed for any provincial roadside litter cleanup and allows you the permission to complete your cleanup. These permits can be obtained by visiting the Forms portion of our website and include the directions on how to obtain approval for the permit.

How do I obtain a cleanup permit?

Permits can be found under the  Forms section of our website.

How do I get my cleanup permit approved?

Roadside cleanup permit approval can be obtained by following the following steps:

  1. Choose a few possible dates for a clean-up in case one or more are unavailable.
  2. Contact the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) and confirm your clean-up date. Please contact the TIR by calling the telephone number located on your approved adoption application. You may also contact TIR by calling their hotline at 1-888-432-3233; you will then be redirected to the appropriate office based on the location of your desired clean-up. Please obtain verbal approval to complete the cleanup from the TIR representative over the phone.

You will also want to arrange a date to pick up your supplies: garbage bags, safety vests, and flagging tape. Additionally, you will need to arrange a mutually acceptable garbage disposal plan.

Who do I contact to get the cleanup permit approved?

Please contact the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) by calling the telephone number located on your approved adoption application. You may also call their hotline at 1-888-432-3233; you will then be redirected to the appropriate office based on the location of your desired clean-up.

What do I do with my cleanup permit after my cleanup is completed?

Please send the completed permit to our office via:

Email: info@nsadoptahighway.ca
Mail: D-28 Esplanade Street, Truro, NS B2N 2K3
Or, on complete our online form on our website

Collecting data is an integral part of our program and we are extremely grateful for permit submissions.

What roads are available for adoption? Does it have to be a 'Highway'?

Great Question!

100-Series highways are not available to be adopted due to safety concerns; however, all other provincial roadways are available to be adopted, subject to TIR approval.

If the roadway that you wish to adopt is not a provincially maintained we would be happy to work with you to see if the maintaining authority would be interested in overseeing an adoption.

Contact us to discuss your options, we are happy to help.

Check out the Map section of our website to see which roadways have already been adopted.

What is an Interchange? Can they be adopted?

An interchange is another term for an exit ramp that vehicles use to enter and exit 100-series highways.

Interchanges can be adopted and are subject to the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) approval.

Check out our Map to see which interchanges are waiting to be adopted.

How do I contact the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR)?

The TIR may be contacted by calling the telephone number located on your approved adoption application or by calling their hotline at 1-888-432-3233. You will then be redirected to the correct office based upon the location of your cleanup site.

The litter that I collected has not been picked up, what do I do now?

Please contact the TIR contact located on your approved adoption application or their hotline at 1-888-432-3233 and ask for an update on the garbage collection.

You may also contact us, we would be happy to  help.

How do I know if my desired roadway is a provincial section of roadway or not?

Please contact us to discuss the roadway authority.

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