This year’s 20 Minute Cleanup will be
Thursday, April 20, 2017.
(although any day in April is absolutely fine too)
The 20 Minute Cleanup is an annual Howard County spring cleaning project. It happens every year in April. Businesses, schools, community groups, neighbors and individuals help keep trash out of the environment. Participating in the 20 Minute Cleanup is easy. Just pick a location, ask some people to join you, and then safely pick up the litter that you find.
Use your regular trash and recycling pickup service to dispose of what you collect. Then please send an email to email@example.com with the number of people who participated and how many bags of trash and recycling collected. Pictures are encouraged! We post the results and thank all the participants on this website. The day of the event there will likely be a bit of local buzz about it on social media. Share using @livegreenhoward and #20minutecleanup.
If you have any questions about how to participate, please check out our 20 Minute Cleanup FAQ’s. Or email us at the 20 minute cleanup email address listed above. Here is a copy of the 2017 flyer. Feel free to use the flyer to help promote get people involved.
The 2016 20 Minute Cleanup was a great success. 2,286 people got outside and removed trash from our community.
Thank you everyone who did a 20 Minute Cleanup in 2016! Here is our list all of the wonderful 2016 participants:
2016 Thank You Print Ad (Howard County Times, May 19, 2016)
By working together, we make a real difference.
Since 2010, over 11,000 people have participated! Most did more than 20 minutes, but at 20 minutes each, that’s over 3,600 hours of volunteering! Thank you Howard County — let’s keep it going.
Community groups, Home Owner Associations, and faith-based organizations can have a big impact on the health and beauty of their neighborhoods by keeping them clean and free of trash. Some communities work together to have neighborhood cleanup days. If you would like
to help organizing an event like this please email Elissa Reineck at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410−313−1175.
In addition to supporting community cleanups, Howard County participates in two larger cleanups. Each fall we do the International Coastal Cleanup and in the spring we do Project Clean Stream. If you would like to find out when these cleanups are happening, join our volunteer mailing list.
The Howard County Department of Public Works is committed to providing the citizens of Howard County with a clean and environmentally safe community. Street sweeping is performed on most county roads four times a year. The Bureau of Highways road crews consistently travel throughout the county cleaning up debris on county roads. The Bureau of Highways also operates an Adopt-A-Road program. Hundreds of Howard County citizens are making a difference by volunteering to monitor and clean up roadsides. Groups adopt a one to three mile section of a county road for a minimum of two years. Litter is collected as needed, at a minimum of four times per year with a major clean-up each spring.