DID YOU KNOW?

  • In 2008 we ranked 11th of 50 greenest cities by Popular Science
  • In 2007 we were named one of 12 top travel destinations in the world by Frommer's
  • We have 20 lakes and wetlands within our city
  • Cigarette butts make up most of the litter on our streets
  • Studies show that people are more likely to litter if an area is already littered
  • Litter is a breeding ground for disease-causing insects and rodents
  • Litter washes into rivers and canals and pollutes the water supply
  • We are internationally recognized for art and architecture
  • The Twin Cities was named one of the 7 coolest cities by Kiplinger's in 2005
  • Kiplinger's named Minneapolis the best city for every stage of your life
  • The Twin Cities was among the top 10 greenest cities in America in a study by the Earth Day Network
  • Litter is a curable problem
  • You have many ways to get involved with the Clean Minneapolis program
  • There is a $700 fine for littering in the state of Minnesota

About

Minneapolis is a pretty amazing place. With so many things to do and sights to see, what's not to love? But let's face it, our beautiful city has some unsightly messes. So let's all work together to tidy it up. With just a little help, we'll make this place shine.

The Clean Minneapolis program, operated through the City of Minneapolis' Division of Solid Waste & Recycling, offers multiple ways to get involved. Whether you're working alone or as part of a group, it's easy, and it all adds up to enhance our neighborhoods and our standards of living.

It's the Minnesota nice and clean thing to do.

Participate

Let's work together to make Minneapolis even more beautiful. Clean Minneapolis offers many ways to get involved with tidying up our city, including the Adopt-An-Ash Receptacle program. With just a little help, we can make this place shine.

Minneapolis is a pretty amazing place. With so many things to do and sights to see, what's not to love? But let's face it, our beautiful city has some unsightly messes. So let's all work together to tidy it up. With just a little help, we'll make this place shine. The Clean Minneapolis program offers multiple ways to get involved. It's easy! And it's the Minnesota nice and clean thing to do.

Adopt-A-Street/Highway

With a little effort, it's easy to keep our streets and highways clean.

Adopt-A-Block

Work with your neighbors to make your block neat and tidy.

Adopt-A-Litter Container

Keep litter off the streets by maintaining one (or more!) of the many litter containers placed throughout the city.

Graffiti Paint-Over

Keep your neighborhood looking nice by painting over graffiti on fire hydrants and traffic signal equipment.

Neighborhood CleanSweep

Join your neighbors and make a day of cleaning up your neighborhood.

Fight Graffiti

With a few simple steps, you can clean up graffiti and prevent your home or business from becoming targeted.

Adopt-An-Ash Receptacle

Help us keep this city clean and beautiful and free of cigarette litter.

Adopt-A-Street/Highway

With a little effort, it's easy to keep our streets clean and our city beautiful. The Adopt-A-Street program is provided through a joint agreement between the City of Minneapolis' Solid Waste & Recycling and Traffic Departments and Hennepin County Commissioners for individuals, businesses, block clubs, and organizations who are interested in adopting and cleaning a stretch of road in Minneapolis. Participating individuals and organizations will be recognized with a blue Adopt-A-Street sign prominently mounted at each end of the adopted stretch. Once you've completed an application, the City will provide yellow trash bags, safety vests, and reusable gloves. Litter sticks are also available on a limited basis.

By participating in this program, you agree to:
  • Adopt and maintain a six block stretch (including both sides of the street) for a minimum of two years.
  • Hold at least four cleanups each year.
  • Clean public sidewalks, curbs, and boulevard greenbelts of litter, trim overgrown weeds from the curb when required, clear off storm grates wherever necessary, and report and clean up graffiti.
  • Securely tie filled trash bags and place at designated pickup points for disposal. The City will not charge the adopter for this service.
  • Report problem materials that you cannot pick up to the Solid Waste & Recycling office at (612) 673-2917.

For questions, contact Solid Waste & Recycling at (612) 673-2789.

Adopt-A-Block

You can improve the curb appeal of your neighborhood through the Adopt-A-Block program. Whether you're working alone or as a group, it's easy to make your block neat and tidy. Once you've completed an application, the City will provide yellow trash bags and gloves for your cleanup.

By participating in this program, you agree to:
  • Adopt the entire block (all four sides plus alleys when applicable) for a minimum of one year.
  • Hold at least four cleanups on the block each year.
  • Clean public sidewalks, curbs, and boulevard greenbelts corner-to-corner and down the alley. The cleanup should include picking up litter, removing weeds, clearing storm grates, etc.
  • Securely tie filled bags and place them in or next to your garbage cart for removal on your regular collection day. If you have City garbage service, the yellow bags will not count as an excess garbage infraction.
  • Maintain your supply of yellow trash bags and gloves.

For questions, contact Solid Waste & Recycling at (612) 673-2789.

Adopt-A-Litter Container

The City of Minneapolis has placed litter containers in high pedestrian traffic areas in an effort to reduce the amount of litter that finds its way onto the street. When you volunteer for the Adopt-A-Litter Container program, you're helping us keep these litter containers accessible and ready for use.

By participating in this program, you agree to:
  • Adopt the litter container for a minimum of two years.
  • Select from two levels of involvement by either (A) Removing filled bags from the litter container and place them in your garbage cart or waste dumpster, or (B) requesting removal service from the Division of Solid Waste & Recycling for a monthly fee to be added to your utility bill. The cost for removal service is $3.00 per pickup per week (i.e. $12.00 per month for once a week, $24.00 per month for twice a week, $36.00 per month for three times a week, etc.) plus tax.
  • Maintain plastic liners (bags) in the litter containers at all times.
  • Keep the surrounding area clear of snow, ice, litter, or other refuse.
  • Work in partnership with the City to maintain the physical condition of the container. If you spot graffiti on the litter container, either remove the graffiti or contact the Clean City Coordinator for assistance. If the litter container is damaged, contact the Division of Solid Waste & Recycling for repairs or replacement.

For questions, contact Solid Waste & Recycling at (612) 673-2789.

Neighborhood CleanSweep

You and your neighbors can work together to make your surroundings neat and clean with the Neighborhood CleanSweep program. Organize a group and identify the specific needs in your area, then tailor your cleanup effort to meet those needs.

By participating in a CleanSweep event, you agree to:
  • Pay the overtime charge for City staff and equipment. The Saturday overtime rate for a CleanSweep is $96.00 per hour for one truck and driver. The Division of Solid Waste & Recycling will absorb the cost of disposing the materials.
  • Gather volunteers from your neighborhood to walk through the area and load accepted items onto the City truck.

You and your neighbors may also choose to sweep sidewalks, rake alleys, pull weeds, pick up litter, remove graffiti, and perform other tasks to tidy up your neighborhood.

Contact your neighborhood organization or block club leader to find out if you already have a CleanSweep planned this year. If not, talk to your neighbors and contact the Clean City Coordinator at (612) 673-2789 to arrange a CleanSweep.

For questions, contact Solid Waste & Recycling at (612) 673-2789.

Fight Graffiti

Even a little graffiti is a big problem. With your help, we can wipe out the graffiti that pops up on our homes and businesses. Click on the link for ideas on reporting, cleaning and preventing graffiti.

http://www.minneapolismn.gov/graffiti/

Adopt-An-Ash Receptacle

The City of Minneapolis has placed ash receptacles throughout the city in high pedestrian traffic areas in an effort to reduce the amount of cigarette litter on the streets. When you volunteer for this program, you're helping us keep this city beautiful and clean.

By participating in this program, you agree to:
  • Adopt an ash receptacle for a minimum of two years.
  • Bag contents of the ash insert whenever the ash receptacle is full and place it in your garbage cart or waste dumpster .
  • Keep the surrounding area clear of snow, ice, litter, or other refuse.
  • Work in partnership with the city to maintain the physical condition of the receptacle. If you spot graffiti on the ash receptacle, either remove the graffiti or contact the Clean City Coordinator for assistance. If the ash receptacle is damaged, contact the Division of Solid Waste & Recycle for repairs or replacement.

For questions, contact Solid Waste & Recycling at (612) 673-2789.

Graffiti Paint-Over

In some areas traffic signal poles, control boxes, and fire hydrants are a target of graffiti vandals. With your help, we can clear the graffiti and keep our city clean. The City is providing paint to neighborhood organizations and registered block clubs who are interested in covering graffiti.

Through the Graffiti Paint-Over program, participants can obtain the paint needed to cover graffiti on yellow traffic signal poles, brown traffic signal control boxes, green traffic signal pole bases, and red fire hydrants.

It is important that you read and follow precautions on the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) attached to the paint container

When painting Traffic Department property, please note the following:
  • Paint the entire surface of the cabinet when covering graffiti.
  • Use a brush or roller to apply paint.
  • Do not paint doors or locks shut.
  • Do not mix paint with thinner.
  • Do not change the color of any pole or cabinet.
  • Do not paint over posters, stickers, or tape.

When painting fire hydrants please note the following:

Do not cover any white portion of the hydrant, including caps or "bonnets," of the hydrant with with red paint (white caps and bonnets have special significance to maintenance and fire crews).

For questions, contact Solid Waste & Recycling at (612) 673-2789.

Share

With just a little help, we can make our city shine. Gather your friends, tell your neighbors, and round up some coworkers. With so many ways to participate, Clean Minneapolis has a program for every level of involvement. Pass along this website to anyone you know who might be interested in making Minneapolis an even better place to live. The more the merrier. Because hey, it's the Minnesota way!
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