What is Adopt-a-Spot?
Adopt-a-Spot is an enjoyable and educational litter program that gives local communities the opportunity to contribute to a healthier and cleaner environment. It engages volunteers (individuals, community groups, business groups) to undertake coordinated litter cleanups of designated sites in their communities. Sites include but are not limited to: roadsides, streets, parks, waterways, bush trails, beaches and wetlands.
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Who can be involved?
Any interested individual, service club, school, household, group of residents, businesses or community association.
What do Adopters do?
Care for various parts of our environment by keeping them litter free, including: roadsides, streets, parks, waterways, bush trails, beaches and wetlands.
Adopt-a-Spot benefits the community by:
- Increasing public awareness of the effects of littering
- Enhancing and preserving the environment
- Encouraging, recognising and rewarding environmentalstewardship
- Building community capacity and participation
Students at Ardross PS adopt Al Richardson Reserve and do regular cleanups.
How to get involved
Decide on the spot you wish to adopt (eg. a street or park in your area with a recurring litter problem).
Register with KAB by completing the Adopt-a-Spot Registration form.
On receipt of registration details, KABC will put you in contact with the appropriate organisation for permission (this is sometimes required by local councils) and then a support kit, with caution signs, vests, bags, gloves, tongs and safety information is sent out.
Organise your first clean-up
Once you receive your support kit, Adopt- a -Spot activities can begin at any suitable time. Local councils can provide assistance to groups requiring help with rubbish disposal. Groups are encouraged to recycle items such as plastic, glass and metal rather than send to landfill. The adopting group coordinator should review the Tips for organising clean-ups booklet provided by Keep Australia Beautiful and ensure the participants are properly prepared for the clean up.
Report your Clean-up results
After each major cleanup, the coordinator uses the Adopt-a-Spot Clean-up Report to document the date, number of participants and rubbish bags collected as well as make special notes of interest. Reporting is an important part of the program because it helps Keep Australia Beautiful evaluate the importance of the program and record the amount of rubbish being collected.
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Adopt-a-Spot Participant Recognition
Participating groups in the Adopt-a-Spot program will be acknowledged on our website Honours Page. Groups are also encouraged to send photos of group clean-ups for publication in our KAB Talking Rubbish publication.
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