Great JOB EVERYONE on your litter cleanup events, October 3–12, 2019 in Minneapolis!

Here’s a wonderful article that covers all the problems with litter and ways the community can help and features Litter Be Gone and Elliot Park cleanups, the Columbia Heights Next cleanup, and the Adopt-a-Drain program.

Cleaning the Streets Before the Snow Flies


Litter Be Gone is a series of fall events hosted by residents, neighborhoods and other organizations to clean up litter from Minneapolis neighborhood streets and boulevards before it becomes covered by leaves and snow, and to prevent it from ending up in our storm drains and waterways. This annual campaign starts the first Thursday in October and runs through the second Saturday in October.

The Litter Be Gone campaign aims to:

  • Increase awareness of litter and the problems it creates
  • Clean litter from our streets before it becomes covered by leaves and snow and ends up in storm drains
  • Grow the number of active volunteers in our neighborhoods – building a caring community and
    a sense of pride


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It’s easy to participate:

Neighborhood Events – Neighborhood groups and organizations are encouraged to host a Litter Be Gone cleanup to engage their neighbors, clean up the neighborhood, and create a sense of community pride. We make it simple to promote your event using our Media Kit and Outreach Materials, and will provide your organization with gloves, bags, litter grabbers, and incentives for your volunteers.
Click here to find out more.
Individuals – Find a neighborhood event near you and pitch in! If you can’t find a Litter Be Gone event near you or it won’t work with your schedule, you can still participate on your own time. Simply pick up litter around your block when it’s most convenient for you and dispose of it in your own trash and/or recycling cart. Report where and how much you collected to add to our overall community goal, and we will send you a coupon for a free coffee or drink from one of our sponsors.
Click here to find out more.

Partners/Co-Sponsors – Support Litter Be Gone events in your neighborhood by contributing space, food, or incentives for volunteers, or contribute to our larger effort by providing cash or in-kind products and services, such as grants, media and PR, printing service, waste hauling services, or supplies (gloves, bags, litter grabbers, safety vests or cones). Check out the benefits of being a sponsor.

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Litter Be Gone events are supported by the Alliance for Sustainability, the City of Minneapolis, and other partners as part of the Clean City Initiative. For more information, contact Sean Gosiewski, Executive Director, Alliance for Sustainability at

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