The Saint Paul Parks & Recreation and Public Works teams are hosting the 36th annual Citywide Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 23rd, rain or shine! In the case of severe weather a cancellation announcement will be made.
Individuals and groups of all ages come together to pick up litter that has recently become exposed due to the melting snow. Join forces with your neighbors to clean up our parks and neighborhood streets.
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PLEASE NOTE: This event does not collect household items. For more information on how to dispose of household items, please refer to the Citywide Drop-off Event Page.
Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 9am-11:30am, rain or shine!
Choose a kickoff site near you to check in and grab supplies. Check out the list of Cleanup Locations below to find your neighborhood kickoff site. You can also view them on a map via the link below.
Participating is easy! Register online, then stop by your local kickoff site any time between 9am-11:30am on April 23 to check in and pick up bags and gloves. Then, head out to collect litter at your park or neighborhood of choice.
Full bags of litter can be deposited in or next to any City of Saint Paul Parks garbage can. You can also drop full bags at one of the many drop-sites around the city. Please deposit bags at drop-sites by noon. Check out the map below for a list of kickoff sites and drop sites.
Vaccination is a vital tool to protect ourselves, our families, and our community from COVID-19. While vaccination is not required to attend this event, the City of Saint Paul strongly encourages all eligible participants to be fully vaccinated prior to attending.
Keep up the momentum! Join in on some great litter-collection programs happening both locally and nationally!
Participate in an important community science project!
In Saint Paul, our storm drains flow into the Mississippi River, bringing trash and pollution from our streets along for the ride. As the headwater state, we have a responsibility to keep the river clean for all communities downstream of us. During the Citywide Spring Cleanup, and anytime you pick up trash in the future, using the Marine Debris Tracker will help contribute to science and to the health of the Mississippi River. Select the MRCTI tab to make sure your information makes it to the right place.
Community volunteers of any experience level can help track litter to help scientists, policy-makers, businesses, and community members take informed action. Data that you collect in your neighborhood will be part of the national Mississippi River Plastic Pollution Initiative, the first data snapshot to combat plastic pollution along one of the world’s greatest waterways. (NOTE: Be sure to select the “MRCTI” tab when you open the app for the first time so your data is included in the initiative)
Storm drains flow directly to local lakes, rivers, and wetlands, acting as a conduit for trash and organic pollutants. Adopt-a-Drain asks residents to adopt a storm drain in their neighborhood and keep it clear of leaves, trash, and other debris to reduce water pollution.
The Come Clean program offers multiple ways to get involved. You supply the time, energy and enthusiasm and we will supply the trash bags, gloves and many thanks. Businesses and individuals who Adopt-a-Block can request a window cling or lawn sign in recognition of their efforts.
One-time Litter Cleanup:
Choose an area to collect litter, such as a sidewalk, boulevard, park, or other area that is important to you.
Collect litter along or with a group.
Place bagged litter in your own trash container. If disposal at home is not possible, you may request a pick-up of collected materials.