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2017 Great American Cleanup
Saturday, May 20, 2017 

Registration is now open

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The Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest community improvement program that Fort Wayne has participated in for over 20 years. It is 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: It looks better to residents and visitors, and improves the overall quality of life. Litter, graffiti, unkempt parks and trails, and scattered debris create unsightly areas that would give visitors the wrong impression. Through the work of volunteers, we can come together and show how much we care about Fort Wayne’s neighborhoods and public spaces.

The event is held on the 3rd Saturday in May each year. The City provides groups with garbage bags, gloves, and T-shirts. After the work is done, a volunteer celebration with food, drinks, prizes and live entertainment is held at Headwaters West from11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Getting involved is easy- groups as well as individuals are encouraged to participate. All you need to do is select an area in the community that you would like to beautify and sign up. The City can also provide you with a location to clean if you do not have one. Volunteers can begin their cleanup anytime during the day. Most groups elect to begin at 8AM and clean for several hours. Groups that cannot do their cleanup on Saturday can select a different day as long as it is within the same week. After you complete your cleanup you will need to submit the results of your cleanup. This helps us track our success! For more information please call 427-1345 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you to our 2016 Local and National Sponsors!

Results from 2016 -Thank you volunteers!

5,823 volunteers contributed 17,469 hours to cleaning up our City in this one day event! This is what they accomplished!

  • 189,000 pounds of litter & debris was collected
  • 1,500 illegally dumped tires recycled
  • 81 miles of roads, streets & highways were cleaned or beautified
  • 1,639 acres of parks & public lands were cleaned
  • 36 miles of hiking, biking & nature trails cleaned
  • 24 miles of river banks cleaned

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