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Community Cleanup Program

It is important to the City of Tacoma that we have clean and safe neighborhoods where people live, work and play. The City offers several options for keeping your neighborhood clean and free of unwanted debris, one of which is our Community Cleanup Program. If you see that several properties in your neighborhood might be in need of a little sprucing up or if you or your neighbors have some stuff you keep meaning to take to the dump, well, here’s your chance.

The Community Cleanup Program is an event where the City brings dumpsters out to a spot in your neighborhood and invites neighbors within the designated boundaries who live in a residential single-family or duplex home to bring in authorized items and dump for free. If this sounds like something your neighborhood needs, you can help to organize the event and know some volunteers who would be willing to help out then fill out an application and return it to the City.

In 2016, the City of Tacoma, in partnership with various neighborhood groups, hosted 17 cleanups and hauled away 556.31 tons of garbage! Think your neighborhood needs some cleaning? Look below for information on how to apply for a cleanup and when we will be in your neighborhood.

What is a Community Cleanup?

Community cleanups are events where the City brings several dumpsters to a specified location in your neighborhood and invites residential customers to come and dump their trash for free. The City is able to offer one cleanup event per neighborhood per year.

How do I apply?

Applications for 2017 community cleanups are now closed.

When is my neighborhood going to have a cleanup?

You may locate your neighborhood on the 2017 cleanup schedule.  Please note that most cleanups run from 10 AM to 2 PM and you should receive notice of your area cleanup in the mail.

What kind of stuff can I bring?

The City accepts almost anything at community cleanups (including tires and scrap metal) but there are a few things we can’t take:

  • 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)

Find additional document shredding event information on the Attorney General's website.

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