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Tidy-Up Tacoma 2021

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Tidy-Up Tacoma 2021

The Tidy-Up Tacoma Initiative Has Wrapped Up For 2021 

From September through November 2021, City crews were 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 also took place around the City’s six gateway signs located throughout the city. Over the eight weeks, this effort took place, the total amount of material removed from all of these areas was 66.3 tons.


Because of the success of this year’s initiative, it is under Council consideration for Tidy-Up Tacoma to come back to city streets at a future date. 

Before and After Photos from Business Districts 

Before and After pictures from the Old Town Business District


Before and after photos of Tidy-Up Tacoma initiative

Before and After photos along Portland Avenue Before and after photos from Dome District


Watch the Tidy-Up Tacoma 2021 Wrap-Up Tacoma Report Package


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. Some suggestions include picking up litter from your curb and sidewalk, doing a clean-up 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.


About Tidy-Up Tacoma 

This effort was a collaboration between Public Works Street Operations, Environmental Services, Neighborhood and Community Services, and Community and Economic Development.


Community partnerships included 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.


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.