20 Minute Cleanup
March 2021 Update – the 2021 20 Minute Cleanup is on! As the weather gets nicer and we want be outside, why not pick up some trash while you are walking or hiking? Please be sure to continue to follow all COVID procedures and be safe. This litter removal and awareness project is an outdoor activity that can be done by individuals, families and other small groups. No large groups please.
The 20 Minute Cleanup is an annual Howard County spring cleaning project held the whole month of April. Most years, businesses, schools, community groups, neighbors and individuals help keep trash out of the environment. This year will likely be smaller due to COVID.
How to Participate
Participating in the 20 Minute Cleanup is easy. Just pick a location 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 us an to firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Here is a copy of the printable flyer. Feel free to use the flyer to help promote the project and get people involved.
Thanks to all 2,300 people who participated in the 2019 20 Minute Cleanup!!
Since 2010, over 18,000 people have participated! Most did more than 20 minutes, but at 20 minutes each, that’s over 6,000 hours of volunteering! Thank you Howard County – let’s keep it going. By working together, we make a real difference.
2020 – cancelled due to COVID stay at home order.
Howard County participates in at least two stream cleanup projects per year. The Recreation and Parks Department leads cleanups each fall as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. In the spring, we participate in Project Clean Stream. If you would like to find out when these cleanups are happening, join our volunteer mailing list or follow livegreenhoward on social media.
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.