Picking up litter. It’s a simple task that has the power to transform our roadways, help protect the environment and bring volunteers together.
The City of Springfield’s Adopt-A-Street Program recognizes the commitment of volunteers to keep Springfield rights-of-way clean. Facilitated by the City of Springfield Department of Public Works, Adopt-A-Street has grown to include 211 organizations volunteering to keep more than 117 miles of roadway free of litter and debris. More than 2,000 bags of litter are collected annually as a result of the program.
“Adopt-A-Street volunteers provide a vital service to the Springfield community,” says Public Works Senior Project Designer and Adopt-A-Street Program Coordinator Tina Stob. “But volunteers benefit directly by enjoying cleaner local streets and getting to know their neighbors and coworkers during cleanups.”
In return for an organization’s service, the program offers a unique recognition opportunity and point-of-pride. Volunteers who adopt a minimum of 0.5 miles of arterial or collector streets and conduct litter pick up at least three times per year receive recognition on two Adopt-A-Street signs posted on each end of the adopted street segment. These signs remain installed as long as the organization participates in the program. Volunteers are also recognized for their service on the Adopt-A-Street page on the City’s website.
Organizations are required to participate for one year and adoption is renewable annually, given that program requirements are met. The City provides bags to collect trash and debris and will pick up filled bags. Volunteers are encouraged to collect recyclable materials and redeem them at the City’s nearest recycling center.
How to Adopt-A-Street
Traffic Engineering Division
P.O. Box 8368
Springfield, MO 65801
Applicants can choose from a list of locations open for adoption, or request a specific roadway segment be considered. The program focuses primarily on arterial and collector streets that see more traffic.