Adopt a Road

Litter dumped on the side of the road is more than an eyesore, it negatively impacts the health and safety of our communities. Litter often contains harmful contaminants and bacteria, and when it rains, those items can wash into storm drains which lead to important water sources like washes, streams, and lakes

Every year, MCDOT Adopt a Road groups remove hundreds of bags of litter and other debris from county roads to prevent stormwater pollution, saving taxpayers thousands of dollars and helping to Keep Maricopa County Beautiful.


  1. How to Participate
  2. Forms & Safety Guidelines
  3. Photos from AaR Cleanups
  4. Report a Cleanup
  5. Ordering more supplies

How to Participate:

  • Send us an email and let us know where your group is located, then we’ll send you an Adopt a Road (AaR) permit application.
  • Approved permits give a group permission to remove litter from a designated segment of roadway in Maricopa County. The permit expires after two years, but can it be renewed if a group wants to continue cleaning that stretch of road.
  • Participating groups are required to do at least two litter cleanups a year.­­
  • Each group must have a designated group leader who is 18 years old or older. 
  • NO ONE under 12 years of age is allowed to participate in the Adopt a Road program. Minors between 12 and 18 years of age must submit a permission form, signed by a legal guardian before they can participate in the program.
  • Any eligible group that participates in the program must comply with State laws that prohibit discrimination based on race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, and other applicable laws. 
  • MCDOT will provide safety vests, gloves, litter grabbers, orange litter bags, and a set of portable caution signs. 
  • MCDOT will provide safety training to the group leader prior to the group's first cleanup. Group participants must review the safety guidelines and sign a Liability Waiver/Photo Release form before every cleanup. 
  • Following every cleanup, the group leader will submit a Cleanup Report. Groups may choose to self-dispose of the litter bags they collect, or request that an MCDOT maintenance provider collect the litter bags after a cleanup. 
  • MCDOT will install two group recognition signs, one at each end of the adopted roadway segment. The recognition signs will remain in place for the duration of the participating group's permit in adherence to the program’s general guidelines.

AAR Road Sign Update 011723Questions? Contact us at:

(602) 506-4068 

or aar@maricopa.gov



  1. Adopt A Highway Program


    Physical Address
    2901 W Durango Street
    Phoenix, AZ 85003