What is Cowtown Great American Cleanup?
The Cowtown Great American Cleanup is the single largest community cleanup and beautification event in Fort Worth. The annual event is currently in its 36th year and is hosted by Keep Fort Worth Beautiful (KFWB). Each year, schools, churches, businesses and individuals pick up litter from parks, streets, creeks and other public areas.
What are the goals for this event?
- Keep Fort Worth Beautiful works to ensure our city is a clean, green, and beautiful place to live. No one individual can do this alone. It takes all of us. This is why we invite people like you to participate in our activities and support our programs.
- The heart of KFWB is our volunteers. The Cowtown Great American Cleanup attracts an average of 5,000 individuals, collecting an average of 140,000 pounds of trash each year.
Who can participate?
Everyone! Community organizations, businesses, individuals, non-profit, governmental agencies, and scout troops all are welcome to participate in this event.
What ages can participate?
Youth, teens and adults are welcome to participate.
What is the cost to participate?
There is no cost to participate. KFWB provides gloves and trash bags to all registered participants. Event t-shirts are also provided to the first 5,000 registrants.
Can volunteers choose a location to clean up?
Yes. Volunteers are encouraged to choose a location that is important to them. Locations can include school campuses, creeks and other waterways, or even empty lots. KFWB also chooses various hubs throughout the city. In past years, those have included Lake Como, Echo Lake, and Eugene McCray Park at Lake Arlington. Volunteers are welcome to register for a hub location.
What do I do with the trash bags and/or recycling that was collected?
If possible, take your trash and recyclables to the nearest Drop-Off Station. Free vouchers will be provided upon request.
If you cannot transport your collected trash and recyclables, schedule a pick-up with our collection crews. First, place all bagged trash and recycling together in as few piles as possible. Then, contact the Customer Call Center at 817-392-1234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also use the MyFW App and submit a pickup request direct from your mobile phone. Please provide specific location details of your trash pile (street names, block numbers, landmarks, etc). Photos can be uploaded and are helpful to our collection crews so that no bags or items are missed.
Download cleanup FAQ sheet.(PDF, 716KB)