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20 Minute Cleanup and More

 The 2017 20 Minute Cleanup was a great success.

2,250 peo­ple got out­side and removed trash from our community.

Thank you everyone!

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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.

Once vol­un­teers do a cleanup, we ask that they send an email to to 20minutecleanup@howardcountymd.gov 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. Cleanup results can also be shared on social media 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.

Link to 2017 Photo Album

2017 Vol­un­teer List:


Ener­get­ics Incorporated

Life­Time Fit­ness Ath­letic Columbia

Tar­get Elli­cott City

Turf Val­ley Resort

Vec­tor­works, Inc


Com­mu­nity Groups

Boy Scout Troop 618

Church of Lat­ter Day Saints, Mt. Airy

Planet Aid

Pleas­ant Chase HOA


Atholton Ele­men­tary School

Bon­nie Branch Mid­dle School

Clarksville Mid­dle School

Duck­etts Lane Ele­men­tary School

Dun­log­gin Mid­dle School

Ham­mond Mid­dle School

Lake Elkhorn Mid­dle School

Mar­riotts Ridge High School

Oak­land Mills High School

Pat­ap­sco Mid­dle School

Rock­burn Ele­men­tary School

Run­ning Brook Ele­men­tary School

Tri­adel­phia Ridge Ele­men­tary School

Vet­er­ans Ele­men­tary School

Indi­vid­u­als and Families

Ellen Bil­leter

Den­nis Fabel

Sherry Fisher

Pam Franks

Grif­fith Family

Lil­lie Family

Medicus Fam­ily

Howard County Government

Depart­ment of Highways

Depart­ment of Hous­ing and Com­mu­nity Development

Depart­ment of Plan­ning and Zoning

Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works

Exec­u­tive Office

Fire and EMS

Police Depart­ment (HQ and Victim’s Assistance)

Pub­lic Infor­ma­tion Office

Office of Com­mu­nity Sustainability

Office of Human Rights

Office of Law

Office of Purchasing

Recre­ation and Parks, Nat­ural and His­toric Resources Division

Robin­son Nature Center

Sheriff’s Office

Thank you every­one who did a pre­vi­ous 20 Minute Cleanup!

2016 Thank You List

Link to the 2016 photo album on our Flikr page

Eldridge SC _20 Min cleanup2011If you have any ques­tions, please check out our 20 Minute Cleanup FAQ’s. Or email us at the above email address. Here is a copy of the 2017 flyer.

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 Cleanups

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

ICC photo 2to help orga­niz­ing an event like this please email Elissa Rei­neck at ereineck@howardcountymd.gov 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.

Green Tip

Unplug.40% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while they’re turned off.