Did You Know...?
- The Alaska Adopt-A-Highway Program was implemented in 1991.
- The Peninsula District's total center lane miles for the Adopt-A-Highway program is approximately
212 with 182 currently adopted.
- Researchers calculate that 55% of all littering is done intentionally by people who drop or discard products.*
- 45% of roadside litter occurs unintentionally when trash blows out of uncovered trucks or falls off unsecured loads.*
- Food and beverage packaging constitutes 51% of roadside litter.*
- Litter is unsightly. It destroys the natural beauty of our roadsides.
- Scenic and litter-free highways say “welcome” to visitors and shows our pride as Alaskans.
- The Adopt-A-Highway Program provides a great opportunity for both volunteer and sponsor groups to promote civic responsibility and community pride.
- The annual cost of roadside litter control nationwide is $115 million.
- Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world and are toxic to the environment.*
*Source: Minnesota Department of Transportation
|Decomposition Time of Litter
||1 million years
||over 500 years
|Plastic 6-pack cover
|| 450 years
|Rubber boot sole
|| 50-80 years
|Orange or banana peel
|| 2-5 weeks
|Source: California Waste Management Bulletin
|Most Common Litter Sources
|improperly contained household garbage
|improper commercial bins
|improperly contained construction litter
|Source: West Virginia DOT