Streets Clean-Up Program
The focus of the streets cleanup program is to beautify and remove trash from Boston's urbanized areas. A major component of the cleanup will be picking up and disposing of trash in the surrounding area.
The Department of Public Works will assist volunteers with trash removal. We hope that these cleanups spark conversation about where our waste ends up and how it impacts public health. Volunteers will assist the City in posing these questions and moving us closer to the goal of becoming a zero waste city.
Suggest a street to clean-up!
Have a suggestion for a street to clean-up? We want to hear from you! We will do our best to incorporate suggestions into our future events planning, so we can clean the areas of Boston that are most important to our residents.
Criteria for streets
There are some criteria for the streets we choose to clean-up, in order to make these events the most equitable they can be. When suggesting a street to clean up, please keep in mind that the areas should have the following:
- High rates of unemployment and underemployment
- High rates of elderly and youth populations
- High poverty rates
- High homelessness rates
- Low recycling rates
- Documented litter
Ideally, the organizers will be members of the community hosting the clean-up.
Why join a streets clean-up?
Get to know your neighborhood
Every neighborhood is unique. Get to know your streets and your neighbors while making a difference!
Get involved with Greenovate
Cleaning up a street is a fantastic way to get involved with Greenovate Boston. Learn about other was to take action on climate in the City.
Public health and Zero Waste benefits
Cleaning our streets has important benefits for Boston's pubic health and Zero Waste goals.
Preparing to join a clean-up
Don’t forget to check the weather before the event! Properly dressing and preparing for a cleanup ensures that the day will not only be fun, but safe!
- A hat
- Bug Spray
- Close-toed shoes
- Pants or sweatpants
- Tools and gloves, if you have them