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Tidy-Up Tacoma 2021

As community members venture out in support of local business districts, the City of Tacoma wants these areas to be as inviting as possible to reflect the resilience these businesses have exhibited over the last year and a half through COVID-19 restrictions. To accomplish this, Mayor Victoria Woodards and City Council have initiated Tidy-Up Tacoma 2021.


City to Clean Up Litter/Debris, Remove Graffiti, Landscape, Street Sweep and More

Starting in September and running through November, City crews will be out on the main arterials of Neighborhood Business Districts to clean up litter/debris, perform graffiti removal, right-of-way landscaping, and street sweeping. 


Vegetation management, litter pickup, and graffiti removal will also take place around the City’s six gateway signs located throughout the city. In addition, the City is partnering with the Washington State Department of Transportation for assistance with graffiti removal and sweeping the shoulders of I-705, SR509, and SR7 between I-5 and South 38th Street.


"Over the past year and a half, the impacts of COVID-19 have reached far beyond public health. Tacoma businesses and the workers they employ have been deeply impacted by this pandemic" said Mayor Victoria Woodards. "As visitors return to business districts, the City wants to ensure that shoppers, diners, and patrons encounter an environment that reflects the pride and care that each Tacoma business has put into persisting through COVID-19."


City to Tidy-Up more than a Dozen Locations Across Tacoma 

Here is the full schedule of Tidy-Up Tacoma 2021 events including the locations and anticipated start dates.

Full Schedule of Locations and Dates



Anticipated Start Date:

Dome Business District

September 13, 2021

McKinley Hill

September 21, 2021


September 23, 2021

Portland Avenue

September 28, 2021

Pacific Avenue

October 1, 2021

South Tacoma

October 7, 2021

Oakland Madrona

October 13, 2021

Fern Hill

October 15, 2021

6th Avenue

October 19, 2021

Tacoma Narrows

October 21, 2021

Ruston Point Defiance

October 22, 2021


November 8, 2021

Old Town

November 12, 2021


November 16, 2021

*Locations have been prioritized according to Tacoma's Equity Index.


The Stadium and Hilltop Neighborhood Business Districts are currently under the Sound Transit project alignment for the Hilltop Tacoma Link Extension. To keep work on schedule and without interruption, Sound Transit will be working with their contractor to clean up around their construction sites, in particular, remove any graffiti on construction signs and equipment. The City will also provide litter and graffiti removal.  



Tidy-Up Tacoma 2021 Flyers

Learn more and help spread the word about the Tidy-Up Tacoma 2021 initiative. Feel free to download and/or print these flyers available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.


Tidy-Up Tacoma (English)

Tidy-Up Tacoma (Spanish) 

Tidy-Up Tacoma (Vietnamese) 


Community Neighborhood Cleanup Resources

The City offers a variety of existing programs and services to residents interested in holding a community cleanup event. Everyone has the power to impact their neighborhood, to make Tacoma a more welcoming, connected, resilient, and vibrant community. 


Community members who cannot join an organized clean-up could consider doing an independent clean-up on any day this fall. Some suggestions include picking up litter from your curb and sidewalk, doing a Fall Clean of your block, walk your dog and pick up a bag of litter, take a walk with a friend and pick up a bag of litter, or adopt a public park for the day and pick up litter.


Available Cleanup Resources

  • Call-2-Haul: Residential customers can use the free Call-2-Haul service up to 2 times per year to schedule pickup of large bulky items. Up to 3 large items and 15 boxes or bags of small household items can be collected – call (253) 502-2100, option 3 to schedule an appointment. Residential customers can also call to schedule a time when they can self-haul their Call-2-Haul items to the Recovery and Transfer Center free of charge. For more information, visit cityoftacoma.org/call2haul.
  • Adopt-a-Spot & Neighborhood Litter Patrol programs: These programs offer a way for community volunteers to help keep public spaces clean. The City can provide materials and garbage disposal for volunteer cleanup events targeting litter and debris in public areas of the community. For more information, visit the Adopt-A-Spot and Neighborhood Litter Patrol page or call (253) 591-5000.
  • Large Debris or Illegal Dumping in the public right-of-way can be reported through the cityoftacoma.org/TacomaFIRST311 or by calling (253) 591-5000.
  • For resources and information on graffiti removal on private property, visit cityoftacoma.org/graffiti.

For a full list of Tacoma Neighborhood Cleanup Programs, visit cityoftacoma.org/cleanup.

Volunteer Opportunities

The neighborhood business districts will be utilizing Community Navigators to assist in the coordination of community clean cleanups within the Neighborhood Business Districts. A project lead for Litter Free 253 will be assisting these navigators. If a resident would like to volunteer to support a business district cleanup, contact Andrea Haug at Tidyup253@gmail.com.


For the most up-to-date information on following COVID-19 safety guidelines, visit the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department site.


About Tidy-Up Tacoma 

This effort is a collaboration between Public Works Street Operations, Environmental Services, Neighborhood and Community Services, and Community and Economic Development. Community partnerships include the Washington State Department of Transportation.


For more information, contact the TacomaFIRST 311 Customer Support Center by dialing 311 within Tacoma city limits or (253) 591-5000 from anywhere else or email csc@cityoftacoma.org.