Mayor Nutter during last year's Clean Up.

The City of Philadelphia is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Philly Spring Cleanup to be held Saturday, April 10, 2010 (rain date, Saturday, April 17, 2010). This year’s Cleanup, entitled “Keep Up the Sweep Up,” will be the start of our sustained effort to eliminate and prevent litter and illegal dumping—permanently. Submit a project of your own or volunteer to participate on one that’s already signed up. Because on this day the entire city is coming together to clean up!

Philly Spring Cleanup 2008 & 2009 Results

2008 Philly Spring Cleanup was recognized by Keep America Beautiful as the largest single day, citywide Cleanup on record in the United States
Over 21,000 volunteers participated over the past two years
Volunteers have collected over 3.25 million pounds of trash
Over 275 project sites
Over 100 beautification projects
Generated 48,010 pounds of recycling
4,807 recycling bins distributed
2300 tires removed
184 automobiles removed
Over 4,100 blocks cleaned
40 recreation centers cleaned
42 park sites cleaned
71 commercial corridors cleaned

Three Cheers for Volunteers!

The success of our Cleanup depends on you, and you, and you. Volunteers are needed for cleanup and beautification projects of every kind in every neighborhood. And you get to pick the one that you and your friends or family members want to be a part of.

The first 1,000 volunteers to sign up who are also enrolled in the City’s new Recycling Rewards program will receive 50 bonus RecycleBank points. Redeem reward points at many of your favorite local stores or online. For more about Recycling Rewards including online signup, visit their website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Day-Of Details
Where do I go on April 10th?
All volunteers should register for one of the specific Cleanup sites, which are located around the city, and go at that location on April 10th. When you register online, you will be given the opportunity to choose a site from either the map or the drop down menu. You will receive a confirmation email after you register that will remind you of your site location.

What if I can’t come for the whole time (9am-2pm)?
No problem! Come for as long as you can. Site leaders will be at the registration site from 9am-2pm, so whenever you show up they will be able to get you going.

How will I know what to do and where to go?
When you check in at your Cleanup site, your site leaders will train you, give you the equipment you’ll need, and lead you along the Cleanup routes.

Is it safe?

* The short answer is YES!
* This is a team effort, so you’ll be working alongside other people the whole time.
* You should only volunteer in an area where you feel safe being.
* As much as possible, we’re asking people to sign-up for a site close to home in a neighborhood that is familiar.
* We will not be using any sharp objects (such as pruning shears); activities will be simple and straightforward.

What will I be doing? Where will we be cleaning?
The website will be updated periodically and provide descriptions of each project so that you will know what activities are involved. In addition each project site will have contact information number so that you can ask specific questions.

What should I wear?
Comfortable outdoor work clothes and closed-toe shoes.

What do I need to bring to the Cleanup?

* It’s a good idea to bring a snack or bagged lunch and a drink.
* Bring a raincoat if it looks like it might rain.

What will be provided for me?

* Bottled water
* Essential equipment (work gloves, trash bags, and brooms)

What if it rains?
Unless it’s pouring cats and dogs, we’ll still be out cleaning! If it is overcast or slightly rainy, put on a raincoat and come on out!

Project Registration
How do I apply to host a project in my neighborhood or community?

* You can sign up online here
* You can download the application , fill it out and mail or fax to

Carlton Williams
Deputy Streets Commissioner
730 Municipal Services Building
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Fax: 215-686-7812

What is the deadline for project applications?
The deadline to submit project applications in Friday, March 12, 2010

Who do I call for assistance with my project application?
Contact Carlton Williams, Deputy Streets Commissioner at 215-686-5470

Volunteer Registration
How do I register?
We will begin accepting volunteer signups on March 1, 2010. Click here to register.

Where is the Cleanup taking place?
The Cleanup is taking places in neighborhoods all across the city. We have over 50 Cleanup sites that will act as the “home base” in each respective neighborhood where volunteers check in.

How do I register a team?

* You can register a team online through the registration process OR
* Contact Carlton Williams, Deputy Streets Commissioner, at 215-686-5470

Problems with registering online…
Call Carlton Williams, Deputy Streets Commissioner, at 215-686-5470.

I registered online, but I want to change the Cleanup site I registered for.
It’s easy, log back into the website using your email address and password and change your registration profile.

I’m a Block Captain, how do I get involved?
Contact Wanda Jones, Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee Administrator, at 215-685-3993.

I want to be a site leader.
Contact Carlton Williams, Deputy Streets Commissioner, at 215-686-5470.

My organization/church/business wants to get involved.
Contact Carlton Williams, Deputy Streets Commissioner, at 215-686-5470.

Supporting the Cleanup
How do I make a contribution to support the Cleanup?
For more information, Carlton Williams, Deputy Streets Commissioner, at 215-686-5470. Checks can be made payable to: Fund for Philadelphia/Philly Spring Cleanup and mailed to:

Grants and Foundation Officer
City Hall Room 215
Philadelphia, PA 19107

I want to make a contribution. What do you need?

* Any general contributions will go towards purchasing essential materials for the day (such as push brooms, work gloves and garbage bags).
* If you have equipment that you would like to contribute, please Carlton Williams, Deputy Streets Commissioner, at 215-686-5470 to see if we can use it for the event.

Lead supporter: TARGET
Great American Cleanup

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Ongoing Efforts

We are proud of this record of achievement; however, we all know that litter is an ongoing battle. Efforts are now underway to develop best practices for litter prevention. The City has already invested in Big Belly Solar Powered trash cans, which have significantly reduced litter in high pedestrian areas around Center City. Throughout 2010, we are expanding this initiative to include commercial corridors outside Center City. Although this is a step in the right direction, we know that a broader litter prevention strategy is needed.

We will use the momentum from the Philly Spring Cleanup to engage citizens in an ongoing effort to eliminate and prevent litter from invading our city streets. We will partner with community organizations to motivate the public to make the City of Philadelphia the cleanest and greenest city in America.

To learn more about this years Philly Spring Clean Up, check out its Website.

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