How To Organise A Neighbourhood Cleanup


     We can all agree on the fact that a cleaner neighbourhood is a happier neighbourhood and that a community who takes pride in their neighbourhood will also grow and become stronger together. With that being said, how does your neighbourhood look? Is there trash and debris laying around? Does the local park need some maintenance? If your neighbourhood could use some help getting cleaned up and looking revitalised and new again, consider organising a neighbourhood cleanup with the help of your friends and neighbours.

     Using apps such as Love Clean Streets,we can easily report environmental issues that are affecting our neighbourhood and get results quickly. For even faster results, you could organise a neighbourhood cleanup. It’s easier than you think and we are going to show you how!

Tips For Organise A Neighbourhood Cleanup 

Choose The Right Project For Your Neighbourhood Cleanup-perhaps there is a vacant lot that needs cleaning up, or a local park that hasn’t been taken care of. These are the types of projects you want to focus your attention on and organise your neighbourhood cleanup around. From trash and litter collection and beautification projects, to flower planting incentives, river cleanups and more, there are enough ideas to keep you and your neighbours busy. 

Create A Plan-once you have chosen a neighbourhood cleanup project, you should create a detailed plan. Your plan should include:

·     A date and possible rain date.

·     Meeting location for volunteers.

·     Number of volunteers needed.

·     Outline of all the work to be completed.

·     List of necessary supplies.

·     List of required permits or licenses needed.

·     Schedule of events for the day of your neighbourhood cleanup.

Recruit Volunteers-you will want to recruit volunteers for your neighbourhood cleanup project early. You can use word of mouth, create flyers or promote your project on social media.

Get Supplies Donated-your neighbourhood cleanup project will need supplies. You can ask local businesses to donate supplies including trash bags, shovels, rakes, gloves, paint and paintbrushes, gardening materials and more.

Assign Tasks For The Cleanup- a well organised cleanup means that everyone has a job to do and they have the instructions and materials needed to do it. Assign single person and group tasks and ensure the tasks are completed.

Make A Plan For Debris Removal-once your neighbourhood cleanup project is complete, you will need a way to remove the debris. Many councils will organise a debris removal for you, just be sure to contact them ahead of time. 

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Ian Blackburn