Roll up your sleeves and join the Great Kansas City Cleanup on April 22 and April 23, as the entire city celebrates Earth Day.  

Neighborhood associations, community groups, students, city staff and dozens of businesses will volunteer at litter and trash pickup events across the city, with support from multiple city departments such as KC Parks, Public Works, Neighborhood Services and KC Water.  

There are two ways to help – join an already scheduled cleanup event, or organize your own cleanup event. 

All the information you need to get started is at   

“Kansas City is a beautiful city,” 5th District Councilwoman Ryana Parks-Shaw said. “This Earth Day let’s all renew our commitment to Keep Kansas City beautiful. Together we can!”

Litter cleanup and picking up trash in parks and along roads and highways is something the city is working hard to address. City officials say the cleanup is bigger and better this year with more departments and employees pitching in to help.

Efforts to pick up trash and debris in Kansas City are ongoing. A few examples of their progress include: 

  • Biannual Hard to Recycle events open to all KCMO residents wanting to get rid of items that are not allowed in normal trash pickup like electronics and household hazardous waste 

  • An increase in budget to the bulky item collection program to allow more pickup appointments in areas that need it most 

  • Allocating $600,000 in the FY 23 budget for additional trash and litter cleanups through a jobs program for those formerly incarcerated and homeless people currently staying at shelters
  • A more aggressive street-cleaning strategy and more street sweepers on the way campaign which includes an easier way for residents to request street sweeping via the myKCMO app 

  • The KC Parks Ambassadors Program which focuses on keeping parks and parklands clean and free of trash and debris through ongoing volunteer cleanups 

  • Organized seasonal cleanup events by KC Water along city waterways 

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