Organize A Cleanup For Your Neighborhood

If you are tired of leaving your home only to see debris riddling the streets around your home, then there is something that you can do. You can host a neighborhood cleanup. This will involve getting the community to pitch in. The good news is that you'll find people are generally willing to help if they know that everything is being properly organized and all they have to worry about is showing up and helping out. Here is how you can organize a neighborhood cleanup for your area.

Form a cleanup committee

You want to find some likeminded people to help you with the project. They will be able to help you put everything into place by assisting you with everything from the planning to letting the residents in the area know when the cleanup will take place and how they can become involved. Some of the things that all of you will need to do include:

  • Determining the date of the cleanup, which you may want to take place over an entire weekend
  • Designating a starting point and a stopping point
  • Purchasing supplies such as trash bags, pickup sticks, gloves, bottled water, etc. This can be done with your own money or with money the community contributes
  • Advertise the cleanup
  • Rent a dumpster

Determining the date

When it comes to determining the date of the cleanup, you want to choose a date where you have a better chance of having nice weather. You also want to plan it about a couple of months in advance, so you have plenty of time to spread the word and get everything set up and to get as many people as possible involved.

Deciding on a starting and stopping point

The starting point should be somewhere that has plenty of legal parking. This way, everyone can meet up in order to collect their supplies. The stopping point can be that same location if everyone will be taking routes that will bring them back to that spot. Or, you can have someone at the stopping point that will take people back to their cars when they are done.

Purchasing the equipment

You can come up with a good way to get the equipment you need. You can ask for people to donate toward the cost of the supplies, or you can have a fundraiser first, which you will also have to plan and set into place.

Advertising the cleanup

Make sure everyone knows the importance of spreading the word to others in the neighborhood. Also, you can mail out fliers to the addresses that will be in the cleanup area. You can post fliers and put an ad in the local paper.

Renting a dumpster

You are going to need a dumpster in order to have a place for everyone to dispose of the bags of trash that they have picked up during the cleanup. You want the dumpster to be near the stopping point. It will need to be on private property, so this requires someone agreeing to have it put on their property. When the dumpster is rented, the dumpster rental company will drop it off. They will also pick it up once you are done filling it and your cleanup has been completed.