Madison Heights Launches New Citizen-Led Neighborhood Cleaning Program

Madison Heights Launches New Citizen-Led Neighborhood Cleaning Program

(Crystal A. Proxmire, June 5, 2018)

Madison Heights, MI- Residents, community groups and business owners are coming together in Madison Heights through a newly-approved “Pick the Heights Clean” project.

This voluntary litter pick-up program lets volunteers select an area of the city they’d like to focus on keeping clean.  For safety reasons they’re sticking to parks and other public spaces, and there’s a clear disclaimer stating they won’t pick up trash from curbs or streets. They can also pick up litter on private property if they get permission.

Thanks to a donation from the Madison Heights Home Depot, volunteers will have orange “Let’s Do This” buckets, with a “Pick the Heights Clean” decal on each bucket, plus trash grabbers, gloves, and Home Depot water bottles.  Volunteers can collect trash and leave it in places designated by the city such as the city dumpster or trash cans in the parks.

Soon there will be a system set up online so volunteers can track when certain areas have been cleaned, and how much progress they have made.

It may seem similar to the state’s “Adopt a Road” program, but there are differences. Unlike “Adopt a Road” program, this project would not be an actively managed program.  It relies on volunteers to hold themselves accountable.  Also, Adopt a Road has designated clean up days.  Pick the Heights Clean volunteers can clean as their personal schedules permit.

In addition to donating supplies, Home Depot Team volunteers will pick up trash at the Soccer Complex and use the City’s dumpsters in the park for disposal.

Representatives from Home Depot were at the most recent city council meeting to accept a proclamation thanking them for their involvement.

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