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20 Minute Cleanup and More

 It’s not too late.…

20 Minute Cleanup con­tin­ues all through April

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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. Then please send an email 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. 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.  2017 update/results com­ing soon!

Thank you every­one who did a 20 Minute Cleanup in 2016! Here is our list all of the won­der­ful 2016 participants:

2016 Thank You List

2016 Thank You Print Ad (Howard County Times, May 19, 2016)

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.

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