The Great American Clean-Up

The Great American Cleanup is a national initiative sponsored by the non-partisan, non-profit organization Keep America Beautiful. Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest community improvement program and engages more than 5 million volunteers and participants annually. The City of Buffalo has participated in the Great American Cleanup since the name was adopted in 1999. Every spring since, the Great American Cleanup donates supplies and materials to cities to encourage neighbors in organizing cleanup events―such as liter and shore-line pick-up, recycling, and tree planting ―in their respective communities.

Our affiliate to the national office, Keep America Beautiful, was Keep Western New York Beautiful, but Division of Citizen Services will now serve in that capacity. The Great American Clean season ended for the year 2018. We look forward to its start again in May 2019.

Great American Clean-up


Registration will open Monday, April 15, 2019, and will close Monday, April 22, 2019. Block Clubs, community leaders, public and nonprofit organizations, and Buffalo residents are encouraged to organize an event, recruit volunteers, and register either in person (Room 218 in Buffalo City Hall - fill out form) or by calling the 311 Call and Resolution Center. By registering, event coordinators will receive plastics bags and anti-graffiti wipes while supplies last. Supplies will be available for pick-up the week of April 28, 2019. Event coordinators are encouraged to use their own tools, but should they have a need for tools, Division of Citizen Services can assist residents by referring them to University Tool Library.

The first day of the city-wide events will launch on May 6, 2019. The last day of city-wide events will be Sunday, June 30th.

More Information

For more information on how to organize an event, visit the #cleanYOURblock Party Toolkit. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Ada Hopson-Clemons in Division of Citizen Services, at 716-851-3517, or email Ms. Ada.