The Red Oaks Youth Soccer Complex will be one of the first sites to benefit from the new “Pick the Heights Clean” program in Madison Heights. Volunteers from Home Depot will be cleaning up there.

The Red Oaks Youth Soccer Complex will be one of the first sites to benefit from the new “Pick the Heights Clean” program in Madison Heights. Volunteers from Home Depot will be cleaning up there.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Madison Heights launches volunteer cleanup program

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published June 13, 2018

 The “Pick the Heights Clean” program encourages residents to go online through a dashboard linked from the city’s website and choose an area to clean up litter.

The “Pick the Heights Clean” program encourages residents to go online through a dashboard linked from the city’s website and choose an area to clean up litter.

Photo by Deb Jacques

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison Heights City Council has approved the launch of a new volunteer litter pickup program called “Pick the Heights Clean.” 

It’s a bit different from an Adopt-A- Road program in that it’s not actively managed with designated days and city oversight. Rather, groups of individuals can choose the areas they want to cover and take it upon themselves to routinely pick up and dispose of trash there. 

The program includes online self-registration, a dashboard to get organized, and a mapping system for volunteers to track their efforts. People can apply online anytime at the city’s website, www.madison-heights.org. From the homepage, click the link at the top. 

Sign-up is simple. Just provide your team name, contact information, and the number of people who will get supplies. Anyone is eligible. 

“They can pick wherever they wish to go and whenever they wish to go, although we do ask that they not clean roadways and adjacent areas, for safety reasons,” said Jim Schafer, the city’s community development director. “It’s intended for parks, schools, businesses and private property with owner permission. The dashboard will record where teams have been, but it’s not ‘live.’ But really, it’s not a problem to have overlap in areas picked up — the more trash removed, the better.”

Schafer originally proposed the program as a City Council goal for the new fiscal year. It already has a partner in the form of Home Depot, which is donating supplies for the project, including orange “Let’s Do This” buckets — with “Pick the Heights Clean” decals designed and added by the city’s Geographic Information Services staff — as well as trash grabbers, gloves and Home Depot-branded water bottles.

Volunteers with Home Depot are already planning to pick up trash at the Red Oaks Youth Soccer Complex, throwing it away in the city’s dumpsters located at the park. The hope is that residents will follow their example and clean up areas throughout the city.

“The real incentive is to provide a simple program to organize people who want to help keep this great city clean,” Schafer said. “I’m thrilled that City Council supported this program through the goals process. I think it’ll have a tremendous impact on the aesthetics of the city, as well as provide a means for individuals, groups and businesses to help out in an easy, fun and self-paced fashion.”

Linda Williams, the city’s economic and community engagement supervisor, agreed.

“A special thank-you to the Madison Heights Home Depot for their generous sponsorship and partnership,” Williams said. “Their donation of all the basic supplies to start … were also key to putting this project into action.”