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Litter strewn along the streets creates a poor image of a city. It pollutes the community's environment and tends to lower the quality of life for citizens. The ADOPT-A-STREET program provides an opportunity for citizens and citizen groups, including individuals, corporate, civic and other organizations, to become involved in keeping the streets of Oak Ridge clean; thereby making our community a more attractive place to live and visit.

Citizen participation in the ADOPT-A-STREET program will help the City to save tax dollars that can then be applied to other activities to enhance the community's quality of life. The cleaner environment will generate civic pride and will encourage residents and visitors alike not to litter. The affect goes beyond the litter actually removed and includes that which goes undiscarded due to a more conscientious and caring public.

Any individual or group who meets criteria established by the City can adopt a street, or a section of a lengthy street, for litter control. By signing the adoption contract, which is effective for one (1) year, the group agrees to pick-up litter on the adopted street at least once every two (2) months. Participants must be at least 12 years of age. Groups whose members are 12 through 17 years of age must have at least one (1) adult supervisor for every five (5) participants. Litter in the medians and traffic islands may be removed by adults only.

Each group must select a coordinator and an alternate, one of whom must be present at every pickup session. The coordinator will conduct a safety meeting for all participants before each pickup session.

The Public Works Department will provide safety vests, gloves, litterbags and roadway warning signs. This equipment will be furnished to the coordinator before each pickup and he/she must return it to the Public Works Department during the next workday. 

After the first two (2) pick-ups are completed, a recognition sign will be placed at the beginning and the end of the adopted street bearing the name of the responsible organization. Upon completion of the first year of commitment, the City will present a special Certificate of Appreciation to the group. 

How to Apply:

Organizations interested in participating in the ADOPT-A-STREET program should print the application form  and email to AdoptAStreet@oakridgetn.gov or fax to: (865) 425-1843. If the organization decides to participate, an adoption agreement must be signed by the organization's designated coordinator. Participation forms may also be mailed to:

City of Oak Ridge
Public Works Department
P.O. Box 1
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0001