What is the goal for this program?
Keep Fort Worth Beautiful works to ensure our city is a clean, attractive place to live. No one individual can do this alone; it takes all of us working together. The heart of KFWB is our volunteers, and this is one of several ways you can get involved to pick up litter and enhance our community.
What can be adopted?
Almost anything! Adoptions are reserved for public spaces such as streets, parks, medians, trails, creeks, stormwater inlets and more. Have an idea? Contact us!
Who can participate?
Anyone can participate! Volunteer groups adopting areas can be very small or very large. Some examples include: families, businesses, neighborhood associations, clubs, civic organizations, faith-based groups, service organizations, or even individuals. For safety, we typically encourage at least two people, when possible.
What happens after I complete an Adopt-A-Spot interest form?
Our team will contact you to discuss the site(s) you are considering. After discussing the site with you and your ideas for the site, we will work with you to compete an easy site agreement. After that, we will help you get started with supplies for your first cleanup.
I want to do more than just remove litter at my site, can I do that?
Absolutely! Litter-only adoptions to control litter is one option. There are other opportunities. As examples, some volunteers elect to maintain landscaping or park equipment. Some agreements beyond litter control may require insurance. Email us at KFWB@fortworthtexas.gov for more information.
Do I have to have insurance to agree to litter-only adoptions?
No, insurance is not required for litter-only adoptions.
Can volunteers choose any public location to clean up?
Yes. Volunteers are encouraged to choose a location that is important to them. Some available locations can be found at Trash Free Texas. If you are wondering about a specific site's availability, please contact us, and we can help you explore it or other options.
What about private locations?
Private properties are supposed to be maintained and free of litter by the property owner. If there is a concern with private property litter control, please report it to the Call Center (817) 392-1234 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also use the MyFW app to report litter concerns. A Code Compliance officer can address concerns with the owner. KFWB supports litter awareness on all types of property, but the Adopt-A-Spot program is reserved for public spaces.
How long do adoptions last?
Adoption agreements are for a minimum of two years. At the end of two years, adopters have the option to renew their site agreements.
Is there a way to clean up an area without a formal adoption?
Of course! We are happy to help you with one-time or occasional cleanups without any agreement. Request litter supplies at any time for you and your group. We actually recommend anyone considering a site adoption begin with a single cleanup to experience it before committing to the site adoption.
How many times a year will we pick up litter?
Litter cleanups are encouraged to happen at least six times each year (every other month). We strongly recommend monthly cleanups and additional cleanups, as needed, to keep your site looking its best.
What supplies are provided?
KFWB is happy to provide your group with bags, gloves, and grabbers to get your group started.
Is there a cost to adopting?
No, adopting a spot is absolutely free!
What do the signs look like?
The adoption sign will show the type of adoption (park, street, median, etc.) Beneath that, we will work with your group to prepare a decal with your group's name. Group names cannot include profane or inappropriate language.
I saw an adoption sign that says "Available." Can I adopt it?
Yes, please contact us at KFWB@fortworthtexas.gov or give us a call about the location. We can help you get started with an adoption agreement.
Does every site receive a sign?
No. The best way to be recognized through signage is to adopt a location with an existing sign. Several locations already have signs in place. New signs may be installed in some instances, but wait times may vary. In some areas, signs are not an option due to infrastructure or safety reasons.
What do I do with the trash bags and/or recycling that is collected during a cleanup?
Individuals can take trash and recyclables to the nearest Drop-Off Station. Free vouchers will be provided upon request. Adopters can also dispose of their trash and recyclables in their own cans or dumpsters, if desired.