Adopt-A-Spot Litter Program

Each of us needs to be conscientious about not creating litter. Unfortunately, when some of us are not careful, then we all need to pick up the dropped “ball”. That’s what the Litter Adopt-A-Spot is all about – picking up litter dropped by other people. 

It doesn't sound like fun, but amazingly enough, it is. And keeping your "spot" clean is one of the most rewarding volunteer activities in which you can participate. When you look back over the area you cleaned in the previous hour or two, you will feel a deep sense of satisfaction and pride.

Not only will you feel good, but research by Keep America Beautiful Inc. (KAB) shows that regularly cleaning areas helps reduce the amount of litter that is dropped on the site. According to KAB, litter tends to accumulate where people feel no sense of ownership, when they think other people will pick up after them, and when litter has already accumulated. 

Submit an application

The information provided in the application must include the exact location of the proposed adoption site, with a photo of the site as it currently exists. 

  • Volunteer safety (how volunteers will be kept safe when participating in maintenance projects).
  • The proposal will be reviewed by HCCC staff and forwarded to the appropriate City department(s) and other public bodies, as needed, for technical review and approval. 
  • HCCC staff will communicate with the adopting individual or organization if additional information or modifications to the application are requested during the technical review process. 
  • HCCC staff will notify the adopting individual or organization regarding the outcome of the technical review. 

If the Application Is Approved

The adopting individual or organization will be notified by HCCC staff, an Adopt-A-Spot Litter Program Agreement, including Terms and Conditions. will be signed by the adopting individual/group and a City representative. Please note the Adopt-A-Spot approval is not final until the Agreement has been executed by the City. Additionally, the adopter will be provided with information about accessing supplies. Supplies can be ordered online

Reporting on Litter Cleanups

The adopting group or individual is required to report litter cleanups to the HCCC upon completion of each project by means of paper or online report forms. Photographs are appreciated and will be used for documentation and recognition, including placement on social media. Reports may be submitted online