Great Indy Cleanup kicks off this week

10,000 volunteers set to tidy up Indianapolis through October


As the weather warms up and the flowers start to bloom, the City of Indianapolis gets ready for a big spring cleanup.

The Great Indy Cleanup will kick off this Saturday and continue a long tradition of beautifying the community.

"We've been doing this cleanup for over 30 years where we encourage residents in Indy to organize a cleanup in their own neighborhood, get involved with a cleanup already going on or pick up litter in their own neighborhood," said Ashlee Fujawa, spokeswoman for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

The City provides the cleaning supplies, including trash bags, gloves, and Kroger gift cards for approximately 10,000 volunteers who will tidy up from April through October. Those items can be picked up at your neighborhood PNC Bank, YMCA or the Marion County Public Library.

"We picked up close to 2 million pounds of litter just in the month of (last) April,” said Fujawa. “So we're hoping to maybe double that this year."

Last year, the City had its first cleanup on bikes through the Monon. This year, the City is working with a skate boarding group and a geo-cashing group to try out new creative ways to pick up litter around the neighborhoods.

The project is not just an effort to make Indianapolis shine, it is a way for residents to get out and share their pride in their community with their neighbors.

"Every year is so great, just to see the bags of litter that are picked up. And then the people who come out and enjoy themselves with either cookouts or parties afterwards to really celebrate their achievements,” said Fujawa. “So every year as it grows and grows, it's really great to see that impact on the community."

For information on when volunteers will meet for cleanups, click here.


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