April 10, 2023 - The Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest community improvement program that Fort Wayne has participated in for nearly 30 years. It’s a time when we can show our community pride by lending a hand to clean up littered roadsides, parks, trails and river ways. A clean city makes a difference. With the help of volunteers, Fort Wayne can come together and show how much we care about our community’s neighborhoods and public spaces.

Volunteers are invited to join this year’s Great American Cleanup the morning of Saturday, May 6. Cleanup efforts are a great way to see family, friends, co-workers, classmates, neighborhood associations, faith-based organizations or any other group you can encourage to come out to help. Although it takes only a few hours to clean, it makes a huge difference when a lot of people participate. After the work is done, a volunteer celebration with food, drinks, prizes and live entertainment will be held at Headwaters West from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The City of Fort Wayne will provide groups with garbage bags, gloves, and T-shirts. Volunteers are asked to pre-register at www.cityoffortwayne.org/great-american-clean-up between today and April 21. For more information, please call the City of Fort Wayne Solid Waste Department at 260-427-1345 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Staff members from the Solid Waste Department will coordinate and assign locations to ensure areas with the most need are addressed, but groups may pick an area of their choice if they have identified a location. The clean-up process will begin between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. on May 6.

In 2022, over 2,300 volunteers collected more than 100,840 pounds of litter and debris from neighborhoods, parks, riverbanks and roadsides.

The Great American Cleanup™ is the country's largest beautification and community improvement effort.