Friday, March 25, 2016

3 Tips For Planning a Successful Cleanup in Your Neighborhood

AMG would like to provide these tips to community association managers or HOA's to help you organize and host a successful community spring cleanup. These tips and safety precautions are important to ensure the safety for all participants.

​Neighborhoods like to have community events in the spring. Organizing a neighborhood cleanup is a great opportunity to get to spruce up the community and get to know your neighbors . As the organizer of the event you may want to consider creative ways of marketing for recruitment of volunteers by using fliers and newsletters  to promote  your cleanup.

You will need time to organize the event. Start planning at least a month or two in advance. Spring is the best time to do a cleanup. Another great idea is to prepare a volunteer schedule or time sheet so that you can organize and use volunteer time efficiently.
Here are a few tips for the community clean-up organizer:

1. Rent a Dumpster

If you are planning an opportunity for residents to dispose of household or backyard junk and clutter you will need to arrange a dumpster for your event,  preferably a large container called a “roll-off dumpster.”   

2. Have Special Tools For Special Tasks

If you are doing a litter pickup event adjacent to a roadway, in a common area or if you are doing a riverside, stream area clean up you will need trash bags and gloves.

3. Hazardous Materials or Electronics

Chemicals, liquids, oils and the such cannot be put into your dumpster on clean-up day. Make sure your organizer has provisions for disposal of such materials.

Consumer electronics (like old TVs, computer parts, refrigerators, air conditioners, etc.) need to be separated on your cleanup day so that they can be treated separately at the dump. You will need to coordinate the  transport of this material to the Landfill. 

Some of the typical cleanup needs include:
  • Volunteers
  • Trash bags
  • Refreshments
  • Gloves/heavy-duty
  • Buckets for sharp objects
  • Insect repellent
  • Tools (ropes, rakes, shovels, etc.)
  • First aid supplies

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