How to Adopt a Street

Learn below about your options for adopting a street, the application process, safety guidelines, and how to set up and report your cleaning activities.

Adopt-a-Street Options

Joining the Adopt-a-Street Program (AAS) is easy and fun! Individuals, businesses, schools, clubs, churches, and organizations can help keep Seattle clean by participating in one of the following options:

1. Traditional Adopter Option

  • Remove litter along at least one mile of city streets.
  • Adopt the designated area for two years.
  • Pledge to complete four cleanups annually.

Along with Adopt-a-Street supplies and free pick-up of two or more bags of debris, official Adopt-a-Street signs are awarded (and posted) for individuals and groups that select and fulfill the Traditional Adopter option. Fill out the Signup Request Form (doc) to apply for one official sign. Adopted streets are also posted on the Adopted Streets map.

2. Special Adopter Option

  • Remove litter along city streets.
  • Adopt the designated area for any time period.

Adopters receive Adopt-a-Street supplies and free pick-up of two or more bags of debris.

 

Application and Cleanup Process

1. Send in a Commitment Form

Select a commitment option and fill out the Adopt-a-Street Commitment Form (docx). Include the streets you would like to adopt and their zip codes and either mail it in to the address indicated on the form or email it to adoptastreet@seattle.gov. If you are a participating business, please select streets that are arterials.

Please note:

  • The Adopt-a-Street 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 Adopt-a-Street program coordinator may reject proposed street adoptions if they deem the street does not have conditions safe for cleanup volunteer access.

The Adopt-A-Street 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.

2. Set, plan, and organize your cleanup

If you are borrowing supplies for your cleanup, please send a Supply Request Form (docx) to adoptastreet@seattle.gov at least two weeks before your scheduled cleanup date.

Supplies consist of garbage and compost bags, litter grabbers, gloves, safety vests, and more, plus Storm Drain Stencil kits if requested.

3. Track volunteers at your cleanup

Record volunteer names on the Volunteer Sign-In Sheet (pdf) at your cleanup so they receive insurance coverage during the event under the City's Volunteer Insurance Program. The sign-in sheets are to be kept by the volunteer coordinators of each cleanup event.

4. Review Adopt-a-Street safety guidelines

Review safety guidelines from the Adopt-a-Street Safety Guidelines (pdf) sheet. Inform volunteers of all Adopt-A-Street safety guidelines before the cleanup begins. Check that all volunteers are wearing proper safety equipment and fully understand established safety procedures.

5. Report your cleanup

Within 24 hours after your cleanup, call the hotline at (206) 684-7647 or email adoptastreet@seattle.gov to report your cleanup event. Please indicate the following:

  • Your name and organization
  • The date of your cleanup event
  • The number of volunteers that participated
  • The number of hours of the clean up
  • The number of bags collected

If you need assistance disposing of the bags collected, please leave the exact intersection or address of where the bags are located, and we will send a crew to pick up the bags within about 48 hours. We request that you leave at least two full bags for this disposal service.

If you borrowed supplies and do not plan to have another cleanup event in the near future, please coordinate a time to drop off the supplies with the Adopt-a-Street Coordinator.

 

Contact Us

Please call us at (206) 684-7647 or email us at adoptastreet@seattle.gov.