Adopt-a-Stop to keep city clean

  • Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley addressed students at Sanders-Clyde Creative Arts School. PROVIDED

The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) and the City of Charleston's Keep Charleston Beautiful campaign announced the formation of a new Adopt-a-Stop litter reduction and prevention program.

The initiative is a call to action for individuals and groups of volunteers to get involved in community upkeep by removing trash from select, uncovered CARTA bus stops in the Charleston city limits. In exchange for weekly takeaway, participants will receive recognition at their stop – and a healthy dose of goodwill.

“We're very excited about this program and the positive environmental and aesthetic impacts Adopt-a-Stop can have in Charleston,” said CARTA Executive Director Christine Wilkinson. “There are more than 370 eligible stops in the city limits, so there is plenty of opportunity for individual citizens, businesses and community groups to get involved.”

Those interested in adopting can request a stop from Keep Charleston Beautiful, which will confirm availability. Once an adoption application is received and approved, Keep Charleston Beautiful will provide a “Colorful Can” painted by local students for the CARTA bus stop.

Adopters will receive a supply of 50-gallon trash bags, a safety vest, gloves and a pick-up stick. As part of the program, they will empty the trash can and pick up loose trash at the stop at least once a week. Volunteers must agree to adopt a stop for a minimum of a year to receive stop recognition. Lids for the trash cans can also be purchased for onetime fee of $45.

“At Keep Charleston Beautiful, we work year-round to promote a litter-free community through community involvement, youth education and litter awareness, and the Adopt-a-Stop program is a great new tool in that effort,” said Keep Charleston Beautiful Program Manager Jenn Scales.

CARTA and the city announced the program during an event at Sanders-Clyde Creative Arts School, where Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley addressed students. The school has adopted the stop located adjacent to it on East Bay Street. Sugar Bake Shop, Palmetto Brewing Co. and the South Carolina Stingrays are also among the program's early participants.

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