Adopt-a-Street

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Keep Seattle streets litter-free by participating in Adopt-A-Street! Adopt-A-Street is Seattle's grassroots litter-removal program. Join the thousands of volunteers who clean up hundreds of miles of Seattle's city streets!

What does it mean to "adopt" a street? Adopting a street means that you will make a commitment to clean up litter along a street segment of your choice. As you participate, we will support you and keep track of all the amazing work you do to keep your street litter-free!

As a volunteer with the AAS Program you can:

  • Set-up a street adoption
  • Receive litter cleanup supplies and safety equipment
  • Receive free litter-bag pickup services following your cleanup
  • Receive recognition of your volunteer efforts

Sign-Up as an Adopt-A-Street Volunteer today!

Joining the Adopt-A-Street (AAS) Program is easy and fun! Individuals, businesses, schools, clubs, churches, and organizations can help keep Seattle clean by adopting a street and performing regular litter cleanups.

1. Consider What Type of Street Adopter You Want to Be

Based on the length of street and time commitment your group can make, decide whether you would like to be a Traditional or Special Adopter.

Traditional Adopter Option

  • Adopt at least 1 mile of city streets.
  • Adopt the street(s) for 2 years.
  • Complete 4 litter cleanups each year.

Special Adopter Option

  • Adopt any length of street for any length of time.
  • NOTE: you must still select specific street segment(s) to adopt, and communicate with the AAS Volunteer Coordinator when you will be discontinuing your adoption.

2. Check Which Street You Would Like to Adopt

You may or may not already have an idea of a street that you would like to adopt. View the Adopted Streets Map to see which streets are available, or to make sure the street you are interested in adopting is not already adopted by another volunteer. All city streets with sidewalks are eligible to be adopted. If you are a participating business, please select streets that are arterials.

Remember, you will need to adopt 1 mile of street if you would like to be a Traditional Adopter.

3. Send in a Commitment Form

Fill out the Adopt-a-Street Commitment Form. Please include the streets you would like to adopt and their zip code(s). This form will allow you to provide an e-signature, and will automatically be sent to adoptastreet@seattle.gov, after you select submit.

Please note:

  • The AAS commitment does not legally obligate you to do anything. This form is used to determine which volunteers qualify for support such as equipment, volunteer liability insurance, and disposal assistance.
  • The AAS program coordinator may reject proposed street adoptions if they deem the street does not have conditions safe for cleanup volunteer access.
  • The AAS program coordinator will review your application and contact you if they have any questions concerning your information or chosen streets. When the AAS coordinator has approved of your adoption they will notify you.

Start Cleaning Your Street!

Once you/your group has signed up, you'll be ready to start performing litter cleanups! See these steps below to learn how to receive litter cleanup supplies, be safe during your cleanup, and report your cleanup information back to us!

1. Request Supplies and Participate in a Litter Cleanup!

Learn how to request and pickup supplies!

The supplies we provide includes:

  • Litter grabbers
  • Safety vests
  • Knit gloves
  • Yellow, Adopt-A-Street garbage bags

If you want to receive litter-cleanup supplies, please fill out the supplies request and pickup form as noted in the document above.

2. Review Adopt-A-Street Safety Guidelines

Review all safety guidelines covered on the Adopt-a-Street Safety Guidelines (pdf) sheet. Make sure all participating volunteers review these safety guidelines before the cleanup begins. On the day of the event, keep each other accountable! Check that all volunteers are wearing proper safety equipment and fully understand the safety procedures.

3. Volunteer Safety Liability Waiver

All participating volunteers must review new and existing safety guidelines and sign a Volunteer Safety Liability Waiver. Signing the waiver will allow each volunteer to acknowledge compliance with all Adopt-A-Street safety guidelines, and to receive insurance coverage during the event under the City's Volunteer Insurance Program. You may complete this form prior to or on the day of your litter cleanup; we will provide you with a printed copy when you pickup up your litter cleanup supplies. Please send a photo copy to the AAS Volunteer Coordinator at AdoptAStreet@Seattle.gov.

4. Report your Cleanup

Report your cleanup event to help us tell the AAS story!

You can choose to either:

We ask you to report the following:

  • Volunteer name and/or volunteer group name
  • Date of cleanup event
  • Location where the cleanup occurred (e.g. Along: S Graham St, From: 28th Ave S, To: 29th Ave S)
  • Number of volunteers that participated
  • Number of hours spent cleaning
  • Number of bags collected

Litter bag pickup services are available for two or more full bags. Please leave your bags on public property that is accessible from the street. Send us a description and photo of the exact intersection or address where the bags are located. We will send a crew member to pick up the bags within about 48 hours!

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