Litter in Whatcom County is caused by many reasons, including illegal dumping, unsecured loads, and unsecured garbage and recycle bins. Every year, thousands of pounds of litter are picked up and disposed of along our county roads.
Roadside litter is also caused by unsecured garbage and recyclables. When garbage and recyclables are set out on a windy day, they can easily get scattered around and end up as litter. Remember to secure your garbage and recyclables, by following these tips:
Secure your Load
Unsecured loads also contribute to litter along our roadways, and can be dangerous to others driving on the roads. Improperly secured items often fall out of truck beds or trailers, and end up as litter on the side of the road. Washington State law imposes jail time and up to $5,000 in fines to anyone who fails to properly secure their load and causes substantial bodily harm. If you are planning to haul a large load, before you start driving, remember to:
For more information about how to properly secure your load, visit the Department of Ecology.
The Adopt-a-Road program provides a rewarding opportunity for community members, such as church groups, businesses, organizations, or individuals, to help clean up our community. Adopt-a-Road groups perform regular cleanups along their chosen stretch of road, and the county provides cleanup supplies and disposal. Adopt-a-Road volunteers clean up thousands of pounds or garbage from our roadsides every year. Please note that the Adopt-a-Road program is only available for roads within the County, and not within any city limits.
If you’re interested in starting an Adopt-a-Road group, please review the Adopt-A-Road Information Packet and fill out the Application Form and Volunteer Registration Form. You will be contacted after your application form is received.
If you are interested in joining an existing Adopt-A-Road group, please review the Adopt-A-Road Information Packet and fill out the Volunteer Registration Form. If you have any questions, please contact us at 360-778-6000, or [email protected]co.whatcom.wa.us.
If you performed a cleanup and need to report your activities, please fill out the Adopt-A-Road Activity Report.
All participants of the Adopt-A-Road program must watch the WSDOT safety video prior to any cleanup activities.
Illegal dumping has been and continues to be a problem along our roadsides. County residents dump an average of 50,000 lbs. of trash a year on our local county roads. Illegal dumping contributes to polluting our land and water, and is a public health nuisance, punishable by fines. If you come across an illegal dump on public property, please report it to Whatcom County Health and Community Services at 360-778-6000, or [email protected]co.whatcom.wa.us.