Dakota County Adopt-a-Highway Program

One-Time Roadside Cleanups - One-Time Roadside Cleanups


General Description

Help us keep our roadways clean. Volunteers looking to collect litter along designated segments of County highways can help without adopting a section of road or forming a group. Coordination of the program and supplies (safety vests, trash bags and training) are provided by Dakota County Transportation staff.


Before you begin your one time cleanup, please review our Safety Tips and make sure you are picking up a county road. You can see what roads we manage by utilizing the Adopt-a-Highway map.



  • Keeps our local roadsides beautiful and free of litter
  • Helps remove harmful pollutants and substances
  • Prevents litter from obstructing vehicle and pedestrian traffic
  • Great public service project for groups and families
  • Saves taxpayers money each year


Duties & Responsibilities 

  • Individuals and/or groups notify county staff of desired section they would like to clean on a one-time basis.  
  • All participants must review the safety information provided by Dakota County Transportation.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Group sizes can vary per cleanup.
  • Adults need to accompany anyone 17 years old or younger.
  • Individuals are expected to log onto the county volunteer website (Better Impact) to record pickup location, hours, and location of trash bags.


 Minimum Time Commitment

1 - 3 hours per cleanup


Activity Level

Easy - May include light work or walking short distances over relatively level terrain. Comfortable shoes recommended.


Additional Information

Getting Started

To apply, fill out a volunteer application. Once your application is approved, you will be ready to pick up supplies and begin your one-time cleanup.

Contact Information

Garrett Zaffke | Community Relations and Volunteer Services Coordinator

Dakota County Communications

1590 Highway 55| Hastings, MN 55033

Direct: (651) 438-4635 | Fax: (651) 438-4405 | Email: garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us



Qualifications Required

  • Accepted Data Privacy Notice - Tennessen Notice Must be Yes