Adopt-a-Block to help clean up Downtown Redding

Garbage left behind. Photo by Sam Allen.

Garbage left behind. Photo by Sam Allen.

Applications are being accepted for the City of Redding’s new Adopt-a-Block program, through which citizens can volunteer to keep a portion of Downtown clean and tidy.
Similar to the City’s Adopt-a-Street program, Adopt-a-Block targets the area of Downtown bounded by East, South, and West Streets, and Eureka Way. Individuals, groups, or organizations are welcome to sponsor a block by completing the necessary
application and waiver of liability. Sponsors must commit to cleaning up their blocks for at least a year and at least twice a month.
Blocks can be selected and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. After the second cleaning, a sign will be posted recognizing the group that has adopted that area. Viva Downtown is partnering with the City to help design the sign and publicize the program.
The City’s Solid Waste Utility will provide participants with safety vests, garbage bags, and litter grabbers, and will dispose of the trash collected. A container will be placed at a convenient location for participants to dispose of what is picked up. That container will then be serviced by Solid Waste staff for disposal.
Complete information, including application and waiver forms, is available at the City’s Solid Waste web page. Also posted are conditions for participation and safety requirements. A map showing which blocks have been adopted will be posted in the near
future.
For more information, call the Solid Waste Utility at 224-6201.
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-from press release
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2 Responses

  1. Avatar Chris K says:

    It’s pretty sad when they have to start a program like this to clean up after the street people who refuse to clean up after themselves, even when trash cans are often close by.

    Will this include picking up the solid bodily wastes they leave behind too? Geez, I hope not, but it probably will in many cases.

  2. Avatar Richard says:

    What a great idea!  Our Wildwood Park Neighborhood Watch has partnered with the Good News Rescue Mission in their “Guests Giving Back” program, and we have very much benefited from the weekly collaboration in cleaning Calaboose Creek from South St. to Market St. and removing the copious trash deposited on an ongoing basis by non-residents. The Mission’s volunteer program has also “adopted” other blocks of local businesses adjacent to our neighborhood and are cleaning them weekly as well.

    It was also my pleasure to work with the Mission volunteers in cleaning and clearing on the Sacramento River Trail project last Saturday. Those folks work really hard, do a good job, and are changing our neighborhood’s once negative view of the GNRM.

    Adopt a Block is a program that anyone with a stake in downtown Redding can enthusiastically support.