Local residents can help keep CARTA bus stops clean through the new Adopt-a-Stop litter reduction and prevention program.

Officials from the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority and Keep Charleston Beautiful said the effort aims to remove trash from select, uncovered CARTA bus stops in the city limits.

"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.

More than 370 bus stops qualify for the program.

"There is plenty of opportunity for individual citizens, businesses and community groups to get involved," she said.

Those interested 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.

For more information on the Adopt-a-Stop program, visit www.keepcharlestonbeautiful.org, or call Jenn Scales at 843-579-7501.