PROJECT CLEAN & GREEN is a City-wide program designed to get everyone involved in cleaning up their properties and neighborhoods. Residents can place unwanted furniture, mattresses, household items, yard and garden waste, twigs and leaves, up to 2 cubic yards of tree trimmings, and up to 5 tires at the garbage collection point (curb or alley) on their scheduled garbage collection day.
This is your opportunity to get rid of excess household debris at no cost. After your Project Clean & Green week of May 9th - 13th, there will be a $50-$150 charge for all bulky pickup requests larger than 1 cubic yard (about the size of an easy chair). Crews will not collect appliances, TVs, electronics, construction debris, paint, and grass clippings. These items can be taken to a City Self Help site for proper disposal. Household hazardous waste can be taken to 3879 W Lincoln Avenue on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays from 7AM – 3PM.
If your neighborhood wishes to schedule a group cleanup, please visit Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful online or call (414) 272-5462 for clean-up bags, gloves, or to borrow a limited number of clean-up tools (rakes, shovels, brooms).
2016 Neighborhood Cleanup Box Program
The Department of Public Works will begin taking reservations for neighborhood cleanup boxes on Tuesday — March 1, 2016. The 2016 program will place up to 13 boxes each Saturday from April 16 through July 23rd. To deter illegal dumping and to maximize the use of the boxes by cleanup organizers, boxes will be placed between 2AM and 10AM on Saturday morning and picked up after 4PM the same day.
The following criteria will be used to screen callers requesting clean up boxes:
- Requestors must organize a neighborhood clean up prior to reserving a box
- Boxes are only placed on accessible street corners — not on vacant lots or parking surfaces
- Boxes are not placed for businesses, schools or churches
- Boxes will not be relocated once placed — they will be removed if neighbors complain
- Reservations are limited to 2 boxes per weekend (out of maximum 13 boxes)
- Organizers may only reserve boxes once every eight weeks
The following items are not to be placed in clean up boxes:
- Construction and building material, TVs, electronics & appliances, tires, tree limbs, leaves, grass — these items should be taken to self help for proper recycling or composting
- Recyclables (paper, cardboard, glass and plastic bottles, steel and aluminum cans} — these items should be taken to self help for proper recycling
- Hazardous Waste (paint thinner, pesticides, used motor oil, etc) — these items should be taken to the HHW site at 3879 W Lincoln on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays for proper handling
Neighborhood groups are encouraged to use these containers to clean up and beautify their communities. Residents who witness private contractors illegally dumping items into cleanup boxes should contact the Police Department at their non-emergency number (414-933-4444). Cleanup boxes can be reserved by calling 286-3345.
Learn More About 100-year Floodplain Map Updates
The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission is currently finalizing updated 100-year floodplain maps for the City of Milwaukee within the Kinnickinnic (KK) River watershed. These updated floodplains cover significantly larger areas than the existing FEMA floodplain maps and reflect a much greater flood risk to homes and businesses within several areas throughout the watershed. In response to the floodplain update, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) is currently undergoing an update to its KK River Watershed Flood Management Plan in order to develop and evaluate various alternatives to reduce this increased flood risk (click here to see full article and MMSD map)
Help Milwaukee Students—Become a Literacy Tutor
The successful and growing Interfaith-MPS Tutor Program is looking for adults who are 55 years old and older to become literacy tutors. Literacy tutors are placed in MPS classrooms to help students with their literacy skills for at least 90 minutes per week. Tutors volunteer in K4 through 5th grade classrooms.
All tutors will go through a training program before they enter the classroom so that they can be efficient and effective literacy tutors. The minimum commitment is 90 minutes per week but a tutor can ask for additional hours—just as many of the current tutors with the program have. The tutors would work in 5th Aldermanic District schools such as Maple Tree School and Engleburg School, along with a few others.
The tutoring program has so far had great success with 82% of students showing a positive change in attitude, with 79% showing a positive change in their interest toward learning and 80% demonstrating improved academic engagement. The Interfaith-MPS tutor program is a great way to give back to the community in a program that has proven results with more than 150 tutors involved.
If you are interested in joining the program or learning more about it, please contact Marie Honel at email@example.com or at (414) 220-8683.
Start a Block Watch
To start a Block Watch in you area, contact Officers Felix or Klein at 935-7198 or e-mail Officer Felix at firstname.lastname@example.org.