You probably see the signs as you travel the Interstates: "Adopt a Highway" In Washington State the Adopt-a-Highway program has been around since 1990, and Cadet Heat is proud to have a two-mile stretch of Interstate 205 to call its own. Three times a year employee volunteers don their gloves and orange vests and head out to make our little slice of the Northwest a little more beautiful. For those of you unfamiliar with this part of the U.S., the stretch of highway we clean is about 35 miles southwest of Mount St. Helens, an active volcano that erupted in May of 1980. There's no more volcanic ash to clean up around here, but alongside the freeway there is a lot of trash. Check it out in our video:
We're certainly not alone when it comes to the Adopt-a-Highway program. The first Adopt-a-Highway program began in Texas in 1985. Concerned citizens wanted to help clean up the littered highways. Since then, thousands of groups have volunteered their time and effort picking up litter on highways all over the country. Forty-nine of the 50 states in the U.S. have a program like Adopt-a-Highway.