Adopt-A-Street Items to Bag, Move, or Leave

BAG IT

These items may be placed in a bag.

  • Small items made of paper, cardboard, plastic, Styrofoam, wood, rubber, glass, or metal.

MOVE IT

These items should be placed alongside your stacked bags at the edge of the shoulder.

  • Items with pointed edges that might tear a bag.
  • Large items that would prevent a bag from being properly tied closed.
  • Heavy items that could tear a bag, provided that the item can be moved without causing physical injury. 

If in doubt, leave the item alone!

LEAVE IT

These items should be left where found without taking further action.

  • Items that could cause physical injury if moved.
  • Any item in an unsafe location (within two (2) feet of a traffic lane or on unstable ground, etc.).
  • Report these items to the Program Coordinator that day, or on the next working day, during normal business hours. You may leave a voice message.
  • Items you are not permitted to bag or move that will not be easily visible to the garbage pickup crews collecting your filled bags. (If possible, place a filled bag near to the item to mark its location.)
  • Securely closed items containing hazardous substances.*
    Report these items to 311. If the call is after normal business hours, or on weekends, the call will be forwarded to a County Communications office and an on-call supervisor will be notified.
  • Any item that you cannot identify and suspect may be hazardous.
  • Unclosed or leaking items containing hazardous substances.*
  • Items with hazardous material labels.*
  • Items that could pose an immediate danger.*
  • Items that could be crime-scene evidence.* 

Keep a safe distance away from the item and do not disturb it in any way!

Items of Concern:

  • Hazardous Substances*
  • Any item that you cannot identify and suspect may be hazardous
  • Spills of liquid or powdery substances
  • Fuels, Motor oils, transmission fluids, petroleum products
  • Antifreeze
  • Batteries
  • Paints
  • Aerosol cans (that are not empty)
  • Human urine, bloody waste, (gauze, etc.)
  • Syringes, labeled and unlabeled medicines, and other  drug paraphernalia
  • Items with hazardous material labels
  • Animal Carcasses (Report to 875-5656 Nuisance Abatement)
  • Extremely Hazardous Items /Possible Crime-Scene Evidence.**
  • Bloody items that may be crime-scene evidence
  • Explosives, possible bombs (capped pipes, wrapped packages, etc.)
  • Weapons (guns, knives, etc.), unspent ammunition

* Report these items to 311 on that day.

** If you do not have access to a cell phone or call box then someone other your group's safety leader must leave the site to make the call to 311.  Then, unless advised to leave the area, the organization’s leader must stay at the site until someone of authority arrives. Keep a safe distance away from the item and do not disturb it in any way!

In a life threatening emergency always call 911!