Mukilteo’s Adopt-A-Street Program picking up steam

Litter control program for city streets
Sep 12, 2018
Photo by: City of Mukilteo Some Adopt-A-Street participants posing in front of Mukilteo City Hall.

After a recommendation from Girl Scout Troop 41137 and Mukilteo’s city staff Green Team, the Mukilteo City Council formally adopted on May 21 the city’s first Adopt-A-Street Program to establish a new partnership between the city and the community to keep Mukilteo clean and beautiful.

“We have had many requests for an Adopt-A-Street program in Mukilteo by residents who see paper, bottles and other types of litter along our streets,” said Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson.  “Our Public Works streets crew does an exceptional job cleaning and maintaining our streets, but we simply do not have the staffing to pick up litter on over 60 miles of streets in the city.  We are hoping to see businesses, nonprofits, HOAs, scout troops, faith-based groups, and service organizations volunteer to be our Adopt-A-Street Ambassadors and build civic pride one street at a time.”

Six community groups have already stepped up to volunteer to pick up at least a mile of city streets (two miles including both sides of the street) at least four times per year.

Their reward after their first two litter pick-up events is a metal sign on their adopted street, acknowledging their efforts.

Many areas of Harbour Pointe have been adopted and the city is looking for groups to adopt areas of Old Town and the mid-town area near 84th Street.

The city provides free disposable supplies, personal protection equipment and traffic warning signs required for a successful and safe event.

Interested groups can apply online (https://mukilteowa.gov/departments/executive/mukilteo-adopt-a-street-program/adopt-a-street-online-application/) and should request their preferred street.  Participants must be at least 15 years old, and all group volunteers must attend a short safety orientation at City Hall prior to their first event.

Many other area cities have similar programs, as do Snohomish County and WSDOT. Anyone interested in adopting a street or getting more information can contact the Program Coordinator, Nancy Passovoy at 425-263-8018 or email adoptastreet@mukilteowa.gov.

 

 

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