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How to: Organize a Community Cleanup

January 1st, 2012 · No Comments

How to: Organize a Community Cleanup



The benefits of a clean community are many. Trash-free streets promote a sense of civic pride. Residents enjoy their surroundings and treat their neighbors better. Property values rise. When a community does not have an HOA tasked with keeping the community clean, residents must rely on planned cleanups. If you are suddenly in charge of the cleanups in your community, or if you think your community might benefit from starting regular cleanups, read on to learn the ins and outs of organizing such events.


Start by meeting with the existing cleanup committee or forming one from scratch. The main committee shouldn’t be larger than 10 members to keep things moving along.


Decide on the cleanup date. Choose a date well enough in advance that the committee has time to plan and volunteers can reserve the date.


Divide the committee into subcommittees. For example, one of two people can be in charge of recruiting volunteers. Another one or two people can coordinate supplies for the cleanup event. Don’t forget to task a member of the committee with contacting a Portland junk removal company. You will need to dispose of the trash and junk cleaned up, after all. The person with this job must also get a list of items the company will and will not take, and he should research options for the latter.


For example, most junk removal Portland OR companies will take large appliances, including air conditioners, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, drying cabinets, freezers, refrigerators, stoves, water heaters, trash compactors and microwaves, plus mattresses, furniture, carpet, TVs, computer equipment, yard waste, general rubbish and any type of tire the company’s pickup team can lift.


No Portland junk removal company will take paint, chemicals, solvents, oils, asbestos or oil tanks as they are not licensed to dispose of hazardous materials. Communities have other options for disposal of these items, including town dumps and recycling centers.


Once you have met as a committee, picked your date and assigned tasks, advertise the community cleanup as much as you can. Hang flyers, post notices on community websites, pitch a story to your community newspaper and/or purchase an ad in the paper. Get the word out early and often for the best volunteer participation.


On the day of the community cleanup, divide volunteers into groups underneath committee members and get to work. Be sure to thank your volunteers for their hard work throughout the day. You might even consider throwing a cookout at the end of the day to celebrate everyone’s efforts. Just don’t forget to assign a committee member to purchase enough food and cold beverages for the celebration.


About the Author: Cynthia Norwood writes about community issues for her local newspaper. She recently served as the committee person in charge of publicity for her neighborhood cleanup. She was also tasked with finding a junk removal Portland OR company. She finally decided on 1-800-GOT-JUNK? after receiving several glowing recommendations from neighbors. The cleanup committee was more than happy with the services the company provided.

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