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Adopt-A-Street Program

Adopt a street to enhance the appearance of our beautiful town!

Adopt-A-Street Permit Application
(print, fill out and return as instructed)

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Terms and Conditions

  General Conditions

  1. The Town of South Boston (TSB) is offering for “adoption” certain sections of town-maintained streets.  Before offering these streets, TSB determines that they are safe and appropriate for adoption.
  2. The local Adopt-a-Street coordinator is the TSB contact for adopting groups and individuals.  Interested persons should contact the coordinator at the TSB office at (434)575-4264 or online at  (Adopt-a-Street section).  Information is also available by emailing
  3. Local businesses, informal groups and formal organizations, such as a civic, social, or school groups, may adopt streets.   TSB will print the names of the organization or the adopting group in block letters on the blue and white Adopt-a-Street signs.  No slogans or logos are allowed.
  4. Individuals 18 years old and older may adopt streets (please see the “Safety Conditions” below for rules regarding participants under 18 years old).
  5. Adopting groups agree to pick up litter on both sides of the street at least four times a year.
  6. Participants adopt for a period of three years, after which they may renew their contract, modify their contract (example: choose a different street), or end their contract.
  7. The adopting organization’s Contact Person is responsible for ensuring ANYONE who participates in a pickup under the adopting organization’s permit has first received TSB-supplied safety information, safety vests, and trash bags.
  8. The organization’s Contact Person must call or email the TSB Coordinator at least one week prior to scheduled pickup.  On the day prior to scheduled pickup TSB will supply the Contact Person with safety information, safety vests, litter pickup sticks, and trash bags for every member of adopting group’s cleanup crew.  The safety vests, litter pickup sticks, and all unused trash bags must be returned within 48 hours of completion of scheduled pickup.
  9. On a group’s original application and throughout the group’s involvement with the Adopt-a-Street program, the Contact Person in the group must inform TSB of the ages ff ANYONE under 18 years old who will participate in any of the group’s pickups.  This requirement includes children of the group’s members, or any other children who are allowed by adopting group to participate in a pickup.
  10. The Contact Person also is responsible for notifying TSB- on the original application and throughout the group’s involvement in the adoption- if any of the group’s participants has a condition that might necessitate special safety precautions (example: if a pickup participant uses a wheelchair).
  11.   TSB will provide the group with large orange rollup “Litter Pickup” signs to be places under the Adopt-a-Street sign during each pick up.
  12. TSB will pay for producing, installing, and maintaining the blue Adopt-a-Street signs.
  13. If the adopting group does not plan to dispose of the filled trash bags, the Contact Person must notify the TSB Coordinator so that TSB can schedule a work crew to dispose of the trash bags.
  14. The TSB encourages participants to separate and recycle materials.
  15. The Adopt-a-Street coordinator will monitor the program.  TSB reserves the right to deny an adoption request or cancel the adoption permit of any group, individual, or business, based on any of these criteria   
            a. Concern for the safety of the participants, passing motorist or TSB employees.
            b. Expenses to TSB above the normal Adopt-a-Street program expenses, or
            c. Effectiveness of the participants’ litter-control efforts.
        16. TSB reserves the right to limit the number of adoptions for a single group and to limit shared         adoptions to areas of identified need.  For shared adoptions, each group must file a separate permit and participate in four pickups annually.

Safety Conditions

  1. Before a group applies to adopt a particular street, the group’s Contact Person should examine the road on the days and during the hours that the group intends to perform pickups to determine if the roadside conditions during those times are appropriate for the ages and abilities of the group’s members.

 Once the group has adopted a particular street, if at any time it feels its adopted street has become unsafe for litter pickups, the group’s Contact Person must contact the TSB Coordinator.  TSB will assign the group a street with which it is more comfortable.

             2. Participants must hold at least one safety meeting per year to review TSB – supplied safety information. No one may participate in a pickup unless he or see has attended this meeting within the last 12 months.  The participating group may hold safety meeting immediately before a pickup; however, this meeting must be held in a safe, appropriate area, such as a parking lot.
            3.  The participants are responsible for putting up “Litter Pickup” signs before each pickup, and for taking down the sign after they have finished that day’s pickup.  These signs alert passing motorist that Adopt-a-Street volunteers are on the side of the street ahead.  If the signs are left up when no pickups are being conducted, motorists will begin to ignore the signs, creating a serious safety risk for Adopt-a-Street volunteers when they are on the roadside.

            4. Adopt-a-Street groups must provide at least one adult supervisor for ever six children under 18 years old.  For example: a group between one and six children would need one supervisor, a group of between seven and 12 children would need two supervisors.

            5. For Children Under 10 years old: Groups with participants under 10 years old may adopt streets only when the Coordinator has determined:

       (1)     That the specified street is safe and appropriate for adoption by that particular group, and

       (2)     That the adopting group and its supervising adults are capable of conducting the pickup in a safe and effective manner.

TSB reserves the right to revise these conditions as needed. For printable version of Terms and Condition please click here