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Neighborhood Cleanup Programs

Community Cleanup Program

The Community Cleanup Program is partnership between the City and neighborhood groups. The program provides:

  • One cleanup opportunity per year to each neighborhood.
  • Opportunity for residents and neighborhood groups to come together to take trash out of their neighborhood.
  • Dumpsters are delivered to pre-determined designated sites on cleanup day.
  • Neighborhood Volunteers and City staff are on site to assist residents during drop off of materials.
  • Residents who live in single-family or duplex homes are eligible to participate in the program for FREE.

Items We Can't Take at Community Cleanups
  • Items from businesses
  • Car, motorcycle, camper or boat parts
  • Truck canopies, trailers, boats or RV vehicles
  • Daily household garbage (Items that go in the kitchen garbage can)
  • Animal carcasses
  • Roofing/construction material
  • Vegetation (always free at the landfill)
  • Hazardous waste (always free at the landfill)
2018 Community Cleanup Dates and Locations Announced

There will be 16 community cleanups in 2018. Find the details of the event in your neighborhood.


Map of the 2018 Community Cleanups



Adopt-A-Spot Program 

The Adopt-A-Spot Program is a year-round partnership between the City and neighborhood groups, businesses and residents to help reduce litter and keep public spaces clean. 


The City will provide:

  • Gloves and high visibility vests 
  • Trash bags 
  • Hazardous waste collection materials
  • Refuse disposal 
  • A sign posted at or near the spot thanking you, your business or your organization for keeping Tacoma clean.

Volunteers will commit to:

  • Be safe during cleanups -see our safety tips
  • Two cleanups per year
  • A two-year (or longer) participation in the program
  • Complete adopter report after each cleanup
How to Apply

The City of Tacoma appreciates the efforts of the community to keep spaces clean in the interest of public health and wellness. For more information on the Adopt-A-Spot program, call 311 or apply now using your TacomaFirst 311 account.


How to Plan for a Cleanup
  • Organize your volunteer group
  • Set cleanup date
  • Before the cleanup call 311 to arrange the pick-up of supplies (number of trash bags, gloves, vests, hazardous waste collection materials) and select your preferred disposal method
    -Request Solid Waste picks up the bags near your spot
    -Add bags to your personal trash cans
    -Obtain a pass to drop off the bags from the cleanup for free at the Tacoma Recovery and Transfer Center (3510 S. Mullen St.)
What To Do After A Cleanup 

After the cleanup, call 311 and report:

  • Number of volunteers
  • Number of hours spent on cleanup
  • Number of bags collected
  • Location of bags (if you would like Solid Waste to collect them)

Neighborhood Litter Patrol

The Neighborhood Litter Patrol is an opportunity for residents or community groups to partner with the City on one-time or sporadic clean-up of debris and garbage from their neighborhood rights-of-way or public spaces.


Residents can request materials and refuse disposal for this use from the Neighborhood Enhancement Team.  For more information, please call 311 or submit a request using your TacomaFirst 311 account.

Contact Us
TacomaFIRST 311

Call 311 

(within Tacoma)
(253) 591-5000 
(outside Tacoma)


To volunteer at

a community cleanup, send us an email.