The Great American Cleanup 

GACU BuffaloMayor Byron W. Brown and the Division of Citizen Services invite you to participate in this year’s Great American Cleanup. This is an annual initiative focused on beautifying our city, homes, and our neighborhoods to foster social responsibility. Since its inception, the Great American Cleanup has engaged more than 5 million volunteers and participants annually, making it the nation’s largest community improvement program.  

The City of Buffalo has participated in the Great American Cleanup since the name was adopted in 1999. Every spring the City of Buffalo organizes and encourages our community members to participate in cleanup events such as litter and shore-line trash pick-up, recycling, and tree planting. 

The Great American Clean-up is a national initiative which begins on March 21 and runs through June 22. Residents are encouraged to participate and register your community organization to remove and cleanup trash and debris to beautify your area. This year, the Office of the Mayor and Division of Citizen Services will help with equipment and assist organizations with their clean up initiatives across the city. 

Any resident wishing to participate is asked to call 311 to register your cleanup event at least two weeks in advance. The Division of Citizen Services will provide Great American Clean up kits which may include the following: trash bags, trash pickers, gloves, graffiti removal kits, and hand sanitizer etc. 


Registration for the Great American Clean Up will remain open until June 22nd.  Block Clubs, community leaders, public and nonprofit organizations, faith based organizations and Buffalo residents are encouraged to organize an event, recruit volunteers, and register their participation by calling Mayor's 311 Call & Resolution Center or scanning the QR code.

Great American Cleanup QR code

For any question please email Ron Dixon at or call 311 and speak with a live operator. 

Below is a series of question that the operators will ask to register:

(Please remember the date of your clean must be known by the City of Buffalo two (2) weeks in advance. The date for the pick up of  garbage must be known forty- eight (48) hour to ensure a timely pick up)

1.) Name of Group/Organization 

2.) Contact Person

3.) Valid Number for contact person 

4.) What's being cleaned? (lot, park, street, etc.) 

5.) Will you be removing graffiti?

6.) Will you be picking up trash? 

7.) What's the event start date?

8.) How many volunteers?

9.) What's the location of the event?

10.) What's the location of the trash pick up if needed? (Buffalo Residents only/ Location must be in front of a physical address)

11.) What's your email?

 12.) Will supplies be needed? If yes, What date and time can you come and pick items up?