Tips for a Neighborhood Clean-Up
Organizing a neighborhood clean-up is a wonderful opportunity to get to know your neighbors and beautify your neighborhood at the same time. Below are Neighborhood Services suggestions for planning and implementing a neighborhood clean-up.
- Consider applying for a neighborhood grant from Neighborhood Services. Grants are available from $25-$500. When completeing your application include the cost of the roll-off plus $79 per roll-off for the tipping fee. Be sure the trash hauler understands their landfill fee will be $79. Contact our office for more information.
- Notify Neighborhood Services as soon as you schedule your clean-up and tell us which trash hauler you are using. Neighborhood Services can then work with Larimer County Landfill to get a reduced tipping fee ($79) for up to three roll-off containers. Neighborhood Services will need to know the location, date, trash hauler, and neighborhood contact person to complete the arrangements with the landfill. Your trash hauler must have a letter in hand to give to landfill staff when dumping your roll-off containers
- Contact multiple trash haulers to see who will give you the best price for your roll-off containers. Depending on the geographical area of your neighborhood cleanup, you may need between 2-4 roll-offs for an all-day event.
- Locate a site (school, church, or other large paved area.) large enough to accommodate roll-off containers and traffic flowing in and out of the location and make sure you get permission to hold your event there.
- Arrange to complete the event in one day. Roll-offs left overnight become an attractive nuisance and people will dump early and during the night. This may mean having to pay drivers overtime. It's important your roll-offs are dropped off and picked up on the same day.
- Have appropriate signage directing traffic in and out of the location.
- Have a first aid kit on hand at the event.
- Arrange to have 8-12 volunteers to help on the day of the clean-up. Specific volunteers can be assigned different duties during the event, such as:
- Calling for additional roll-offs and supervising what is deposited in the roll-off containers - no hazardous waste, paint, liquids, items over six feet in length, appliances that contain Freon, and tires.
- Supervising the entrance and screening participants to prevent non-residents of your neighborhood taking advantage of your clean-up, i.e., asking participants for their address and/or coupon (if one was provided in a neighborhood newsletter), giving out a coupon for participants who plan to return with an additional load.
- Supervising traffic control during the event, especially when roll-off containers are delivered and removed.
- Requesting and collecting any monetary donations that neighbors can provide to help off-set the cost of the clean-up.
- Assisting participants to unload their vehicles when necessary.
- Coordinating a "swap and drop" (should you choose to offer one), including monitoring items to ensure they are of suitable quality for exchange or reuse, and coordinating a charity organization to pick up the unwanted items at the end of the event.
- Supervising clean-up of the location after the event. Remember to leave it cleaner than you found it.
- Consider organizing a social event for everyone at the end of the clean-up - pizza and ice cream always hit the spot after a hard day at the neighborhood clean-up!
- An additional idea is to organize a leaf pick-up in the fall. Some trash haulers offer services for a leaf clean-up. Check with them when you call to make your neighborhood clean-up arrangements.