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Started in 2008 and recognized by Keep America Beautiful as the largest single-day, citywide cleanup in the U.S., the Philly Spring Cleanup is the City’s annual kickoff event of the cleaning season. Residents, civic organizations, businesses, and nonprofits all work together to remove litter, beautify blocks, and spruce up shared spaces like parks, gardens, and recreation centers.

Since its inception, the Cleanup has managed to grow each year both in size and scope—evolving beyond cleaning and debris removal to beautification projects with longer-lasting effects. And it shows no signs of slowing down. The 2021 Philly Spring Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 10th. Please take note of the new COVID-19 guidelines for keeping you and your neighbors safe. 

Due to the pandemic and stay-at-home orders, the 2020 Philly Spring Cleanup was cancelled. With new COVID protocols in place, the Streets Department is poised to continue the tradition of kicking off the City’s cleaning season with the help of volunteers in every area of the city on April 10, 2021.


  • Each project site must be limited to 20 volunteers max. 
  • For small area project sites, the number of volunteers should be limited to even below 20 (where possible), in order to safely ensure social distancing practices while performing all cleanup activities.
  • Each project site should have a designated COVID Prevention Coordinator with responsibility for monitoring and enforcing COVID-19 prevention protocols. This can be the project or site coordinator, as long as they are aware that this is a vital part of their role.
  • Participants should maintain proper 6-feet of social distancing from others at all times.
  • Participants should wear protective gloves and a face mask which adequately covers the nose and mouth areas of their face.
  • Participants who refuse to wear the proper PPE (as indicated above) should be immediately asked to leave the project site.

To register a project or volunteer, click here.

For everything you need to administer your 2021 Cleanup Event, see information and forms below:

COVID-19 Training

COVID-19 Checklist

Project Submission Form

General Release Form

Trash & Recycling Collection

Safety Guidelines for Volunteers

Volunteer Sign-In Form


Want to Declutter and Help Some More?

The City of Philadelphia recently launched PHLDonateTech, an initiative calling on residents and businesses to share their reusable technological devices so that the City can provide them to families and people in need. The campaign asks you to share any laptops and desktops computers that remain in reusable condition. Learn more.


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