More than 300,000 pounds of debris, solid waste removed during North Side Clean Sweep

More than 150 volunteers, together with neighborhood organizations and crews from the City of Minneapolis, removed more than 300,000 pounds of construction debris and solid waste during Saturdays Clean Sweep of north Minneapolis neighborhoods. Clean Sweep volunteers and crews picked up debris in the area of 44th to 29th avenues north from Lyndale to Newton avenues. More specifically, volunteers and crews removed:

A second Clean Sweep is still scheduled for Saturday, June 25. Volunteers can sign up for one of two shifts by emailing ncr@minneapolismn.gov or calling (612) 673-2243. There are not any additional Clean Sweeps scheduled at this time, however, The City of Minneapolis will continue to work with neighborhood organizations in the event more Clean Sweeps are needed to assist those impacted by the tornado.

Since the devastating tornado struck north Minneapolis on May 22, thousands of volunteers, nonprofits, church groups, businesses and government agencies have pitched in to help folks recover and rebuild. One key piece of the cleanup is to get rid of the storm-related debris that the tornado left in its path. There have been clean up efforts since May 22, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.

Those interested in volunteering June 25 must be 18 years old, commit to working a four-hour shift, be able to lift at least 40 pounds, and wear thick-soled shoes, ideally work boots no tennis shoes (food, work gloves & protective eye gear will be provided). To sign up, email the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department at: ncr@minneapolismn.gov

The June 25 Clean Sweep will be in the area of 29th – 12th avenues north from Humboldt to Xerxes.

These Clean Sweeps are the result of a collaboration of north Minneapolis neighborhoods with the support of the Pohlad Family Foundation, working with City Departments including Public Works Solid Waste & Recycling, Emergency Preparedness, and the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department.

Published Jun. 20, 2011