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Adopt-A-Road Program Gets Helping Hand From Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Now that the snow is gone, you may have noticed something else along Cedar Rapids streets: trash. A pilot project is helping get the community involved in cleaning it up.

More city streets are now being adopted and cleaned up. The Adopt-A-Road program has existed in Cedar Rapids for a while, but not many organizations have taken part. Earlier this year Keep Iowa Beautiful partnered with the city to temporarily put someone in charge of recruiting new organizations to adopt a road.

Because of this effort, the program has more than tripled in size, with 19 local businesses and organizations adopting a road. While the pilot project is ending and there will be no dedicated recruiter, the city is still encouraging groups to adopt a road.

"Litter is one of those problems that is big, too big for any one person, any one entity to make a difference," said Megan Murphy, Utilities Communication Coordinator. "But if we all work together you really can make a difference."

It's free to take part in the Adopt-A-Road program. The city asks that you pick up your section of road at least twice a year. The city provides trash bags, gloves, and will collect the bags when clean up is over.
In exchange for helping keep the city clean, groups also get a sign with their name on it alongside the road.

For more information on the city's Adopt-A-Road program, go to