Adopt-a-Program provides organizations, groups and individuals an opportunity to serve their communities and neighborhoods through countywide litter collection and street beautification activities. These countywide programs allow the “You’re the solution to litter pollution” motto to spark awareness among DeKalb residents of all demographics. Any portion of the county's public right of way is eligible, including traffic islands, medians, county-owned properties and MARTA bus stops. Highly motivated, environmentally conscious individuals work tirelessly to ensure that the county sustains its reputation as one of the nation’s “Best nature-friendly places to live.”
Orange trash bags, gloves, litter grabbers, safety vests, information on safety precautions and signs identifying participants at the “adopted” location are provided to all program volunteers. Program participants are required to return supplies after cleanup projects. KDB litter collection teams will ensure the proper disposal of the contents of all orange trash bags upon completion of a cleanup project.
Requests from individuals acting on behalf of organizations will be thoroughly vetted, and proof of affiliation to the organization will be required. Adopt-a-Program volunteers will be required to submit a mandatory cleanup report within two business days of each cleanup project. All “adopted” areas will be audited annually to ensure full compliance with the program’s requirements. Subsequent to annual audits, any participants not in full compliance with the program’s requirements will be at risk of having their program membership terminated and the associated sign removed from its “adopted” location.
This comprehensive program offers three “adoption” options:
This program focuses on litter reduction and prevention. Participants are required to clean at least one mile of public right of way, four times per year. Participants can also “adopt” an entire residential subdivision, and will be required to clean multiple roads within this subdivision at least four times per year.
This program focuses on litter reduction and prevention. Participants are required to clean a public right of way less than one mile long, four times per year. This program has a particular focus on areas with roundabouts and intersections.
This program focuses on bus stop litter reduction and prevention, and seeks public involvement from residential and community organizations to maintain litter-free areas at MARTA bus stops. “Adoption” opportunities are specifically for locations that do not have bus shelters maintained through the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). By “adopting” a MARTA bus stop, participants commit to removing the litter and trash from their designated “adoption” area(s) at least four times per year, as well as preserving its aesthetically pleasing condition.
Why adopt a road, spot or stop?
• Makes a visible impact on the local environment
• Helps build community, camaraderie and group pride
• Reduces litter cleanup costs and saves taxpayers money
• Allows individuals, organizations and groups to advance their communities' environmental sustainability efforts
How to become an Adopt-a-Program volunteer
We are delighted to welcome individuals, organizations and groups seeking to serve as ambassadors for Adopt-a-Program projects. Interested parties should please contact us via email or telephone at (404) 294-2010 or firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a paper application, OR submit an online application by clicking here.
Mandatory Adopt-a-Program volunteer responsibilities
• Follow outlined safety guidelines at all times
• Facilitate cleanups on a quarterly basis (four cleanups per year)
• Submit a thorough report within two business days of each cleanup
Adopt-a-Program supply request
Supplies are provided based on availability, and with advance notice. To submit an online supply request form, please click here. Once a request is received, one of our representatives will contact you to schedule a visit to our administrative office to collect supplies.
Supplies can be collected Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.