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The program is aimed at enhancing the City’s cleanliness and overall appearance.
Various organizations or companies volunteer to adopt-a-street or section of street for a one (1) year period during which they will pick-up and remove litter at least once every two (2) months.
The program focuses on the City’s heavily traveled main arterial streets; however, other streets may be added as participation increases.
Participation allows the organizations to publicly demonstrate their concern of and dedication toward maintaining the City’s overall appearance, cleanliness and attractiveness to the citizens and visitors.
An official Adopt-A-Street sign with the organization’s name is placed at each end of the respective street or section of street after the organization has performed two (2) litter pick-ups. The sign serves as recognition to passing motorists of the organization’s dedication to the community.
The City of Oak Ridge provides trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and warning signs to the groups to use during each litter pick-up event.
The volunteers fill the trash bags with litter, then places them on the shoulder of the roadway where City crews will remove them the following day.
The program supplements litter pick-up efforts conducted by the City’s Public Works Department itself, further aiding efforts to maintain the City’s cleanliness.