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Doorstep Cleanup

Take Action MKE!
Start at your Doorstep for a safer, cleaner Milwaukee!


As part of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, a new Department of Neighborhood Services and Department of Public Works campaign encourages residents to Take Action. The City of Milwaukee needs you — and your actions — for Earth Day 2020. There’s so much you can do to help protect and restore our planet.

Spring is typically the time when the City and many community partners initiate neighborhood cleanups to address the litter and debris that has accumulated during winter months. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 health emergency has delayed or suspended most of this spring cleanup.

With interest from the public remaining very strong, the Department of Neighborhood Services (DNS) and the Department of Public Works (DPW), in cooperation with Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful (KGMB), are launching a campaign to encourage “Doorstep Cleanups.”

“Doorstep Cleanups” ask that residents pitch in to help pick up litter around their homes/property - focusing on the front, back and side areas of the property. Picking up nearby litter can easily be done while maintaining proper social distancing and staying in compliance with State and City orders to be Safer At Home.

Please be sure to:

  • Wear gloves
  • Avoid and do not pick up any sharp objects
  • Wear a mask
  • Use social distancing

Residents can also “Rep your step and your neighborhood” by posting a picture of your cleanup to social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) with #DoorstepCleanup. Feel free to mention where you live and tag DPW, DNS, or KGMB or any of our partners: Eco-City, Milwaukee County Parks, MKE Parks, Milwaukee Recycles and Milwaukee Riverkeeper.