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Adopt a Roadway

From March 15th through April 30th of each year, youth and adult organizations are needed to help remove litter from public roadways in Knox County. Participating organizations select the roadway(s) they wish to clean and when to perform the service. The following equipment is provided for a safe clean up: vests, gloves, whistles (for warning about traffic), sanitary hand wipes, a small First Aid kit and trash bags. A litter prevention area “warning” sign and/or orange traffic cones are also available for volunteers servicing heavily traveled roadways.

The rewards for performing this service include cleaner roadways that benefit everyone, the feeling of making a difference; along with a stipend for each bag of trash collected and turned in for proper disposal.

Stipends are awarded as follows:

  • $3.00 a bag for the first 24 bags of trash collected
  • $3.50 per bag for collection of 25 – 67 bags
  • $4.00 per bag for 68-100 bags
$400 is the maximum award. Tires found dumped along the edge of roads should also be collected but no additional funding will be awarded.

This program is a great fundraiser for civic clubs, scouting troops, 4-H clubs and other not-for-profit organizations.

All necessary adoption forms and waivers are available on line or may be picked up in person in the Knox County Commissioners Office, at 117 East High Street, Suite 257, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

Waivers must be completed for every adult and minor volunteer. Waivers should be returned to the Knox County Commissioners Office before any litter collection begins.

Stipends are funded through grants strictly allocated to recycling and litter prevention and may not be used for any other purpose.

Please call Randy Canterbury, Recycling Coordinator, at 393-6704 to register.


Release and waiver for an adult
Release and waiver for a minor
Volunteer agreement


  • Volunteers should be at least 8 years old to participate in the program.
  • Any volunteer under 18 shall have adult supervision.
  • All volunteers must sign a waiver of participation. If the volunteer is under 18, a parent/guardian must also sign a waiver.
  • A minimum of one (1) adult for each four (4) people under 18 is required.
  • Sturdy hard-soled shoes should always be worn. Long pants and long sleeved shirts are encouraged to reduce the chance of cuts or scratches, also to reduce possible exposure to ticks. Bug repellent may also be necessary to fight off biting insects.
  • Always carry a cell phone, if possible, and plenty of fresh water.
  • When reaching your designation, please park all vehicles completely off the berm and not in a cluster along the roadway, which could greatly impair the view of motorist to spot a volunteer. If necessary, obtain an owner’s permission and use a driveway.
  • Volunteers should be warned not to touch poison ivy, dead animals or any suspicious looking debris that they may find.
  • Volunteers should also be reminded to kick old logs and tires before moving to dislodge any small animals such as mice or snakes.
  • Always work facing oncoming traffic. If possible, designate a volunteer to spot traffic.
  • Please limit your clean up area to no more than 10 feet from the roadway. Anything further is considered private property.


As is the case in many rural counties in Ohio, methamphetamine "Meth" labs have recently become a problem in Knox County. Methamphetamines are both dangerous and illegal. Meth is highly addictive and people will get very sick if they don't keep their habit fed.


If your group comes across several items in one specific location that fits the description of a meth lab; call 9-1-1, as soon as possible, with a detailed description of the location. Due to the risk of contamination do not pick up the items.

Please keep in mind that any one of these items by itself can be very common. It is when several of these items are found together that suspicion should be raised.

  • 2-Litre bottle filled with an unknown substance
  • Plastic bottles taped with a hose coming out of the top
  • 20 lb propane cylinders/scuba tanks with a valve bluish-green in color
  • Several boxes of cold or allergy medicines (Sudafed, Advil)
  • Cooler stained with iodine or completely closed - DO NOT OPEN
  • Coffee filters that are a strange color
  • Lithium batteries
  • Large amounts of chemicals (starting fluid, lye, drain cleaner)
  • Lots of stick matches (meth makers only use the striker plate)
  • Funnels/Strainers
  • Several buckets or jugs in one location
  • Glass cooking dishes (such as Pyrex)
  • Any container wrapped in duct tape with a hole for a hose

For more information about meth labs, please contact
the Knox County Sheriff's Office at 740-393-6800.

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