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The logo of the KC 2022 big cleaning

Roll up your sleeves and join the Kansas City Cleanup on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23, as the entire city celebrates earth day.

Neighborhood associations, community groups, students, city staff and dozens of businesses will volunteer at trash and litter collection events across the city, with support from several city departments such as KC Parks, Public Works, Neighborhood Services and KC Water.

There are two ways to help: join an already scheduled cleanup event or host your own cleanup event. All the information you need to get started can be found at KCMO.gov/cleanup.

“As Kansas Citizens, we are proud of our beautiful city – from our many fountains to our parks and our system of boulevards to the neighborhoods we live in,” said 6th District Councilman Andrea Bough. “As we celebrate Earth Day and work together to preserve our planet, I can think of no better way than to come together as a community for the Kansas City Great Cleanup.

“I’m really excited for the cleanup! I decided to organize our own because my kids have started to really notice all the litter when we walk around,” said Kate Calvert, a teacher and mother of two who runs a volunteer cleanup effort along Shoal Creek. “I want to teach them that when they see a problem, they can’t just sit around and wait for someone else to fix it.”

“Kansas City is a beautiful city,” said 5th District Councilman Ryana Parks-Shaw. “This Earth Day, let’s all renew our commitment to keeping Kansas City beautiful. Together, we can!”

The citywide effort is also gaining momentum in several neighborhoods where teams of volunteers are gearing up to make a difference.

“In the West Bottoms, we have a long-standing problem with litter dumped alongside roads and illegal landfills, so the Historic West Bottoms Association is very grateful to the city’s leadership for mobilizing citizens from across the community. to raise awareness of the issues and to respond with resources and volunteers,” said Bruce Holloway, President of the Historic West Bottoms Association. of recent years. The increased focus this year is very welcome.”

Cleaning up litter and picking up trash in our parks and along our roads and highways is a priority for residents and something the City is working to meet. The cleanup is bigger and better this year with more departments and employees stepping up to help. But efforts to clean up trash and debris in Kansas City continue. Here are some examples of our progress:

  • Neighborhood cleanup assistance programs that support neighborhood and civic groups dedicated to scorch removal and litter control
  • Semi-annual hard-to-recycle events open to all KCMO residents wishing to get rid of items that are not permitted in normal garbage collection, such as electronics and household hazardous waste
  • An increase in the bulky item collection program budget to allow for more collection appointments in areas that need them the most
  • Allocate $600,000 in the FY23 budget for additional garbage and litter cleanup through a jobs program for formerly incarcerated and homeless people currently staying in shelters
  • A more aggressive street cleaning strategy and more street sweepers on the campaign which includes an easier way for residents to request street sweeping via the myKCMO app
  • New partnerships with organizations like the Downtown Council and the Kansas City Crime Commission to deploy cleanup crews along our highways
  • The KC Parks Ambassador Program, which aims to keep our parks and parks clean and free of litter and debris through ongoing volunteer cleanups
  • Organization of seasonal clean-up events by KC Water along our municipal waterways

Media may contact Maggie Green, Media Relations Manager, at 816-379-6562.

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