Cowtown Great American Cleanup

Saturday, April 15, 2023, 8-11 a.m. Registration opens March 1.


The Cowtown Great American Cleanup is our largest annual litter cleanup and beautification event of the year. In 2021, Cowtown Cleanup volunteers removed over 100,000 pounds of trash from our city!

Join Keep Fort Worth Beautiful for the 38th Annual Cowtown Great American Cleanup on April 15, 2023 and work with thousands of volunteers across the city. Schools, churches, businesses and individuals are all welcome to join! 

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Registration information

Registration is now closed. Contact for other cleanup opportunities. 

  • Choose your own area or select from a list of pre-determined hub sites. All cleanup sites must be within the City of Fort Worth.
  • You can register as an individual or a group.
  • All registrants will receive gloves and trash bags.
  • Free event T-shirts are limited to the first 5,000 registrants.
  • All participants should adhere to COVID-19 safety guidelines.

If you would like a Code Officer to attend your cleanup, please contact us. (Limited availability - first come, first served!)

Quick, easy steps for a successful cleanup!

Join the fun in cleaning up Fort Worth; it's easy and free to participate!

Before the event:

Step 1. Mark your calendar for March 26 – you can participate by yourself or organize a group.

Step 2. Choose to pick up litter at one of our pre-selected hub sites or choose any public site you want to clean up.

Step 3. Register as an individual, a family or a group.

Step 4. Pick up your free t-shirts and cleanup supplies on Thursday, March 24 or Friday, March 25. Supply distribution and location details will be provided to you as we get closer to the event.

On the day of the event:

Step 5. Pick up litter on March 26.

Can’t pick up on March 26, but want to participate? Email us at

After the event:

Step 6. Take the bags to one of the four Drop-Off Stations or schedule a pickup.

Step 7. Report your amazing results with an easy, online form. One form per group.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 37th 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 

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, 699KB)

Important Contact Information

 Keep Fort Worth Beautiful - for general event or volunteer inquiries

  • Phone: 817-392-1234
  • Email:

 Customer Call Center - to schedule a trash pick-up

  • Phone: 817-392-1234
  • Email:

 MyFW App

Download the MyFW App from:

MyFW App instruction sheet(PDF, 2MB)

Post Event Wrap-Up

After the event, be sure to:

  1. Take the bags and/or recycling to one of the four Drop-Off Stations.
  2. Report your amazing results! 

If you are unable to haul your bags, contact the Customer Call Center at 817-392-1234 to schedule a pickup or submit a request from your phone using the MyFW App. Be sure to have the following information ready:

  • Exact location of your bags (address or cross street, ex: "3600 Sansom Park Dr.", "Buck Sansom Park", "Corner of 35th and Macie")
  • Description of the location (ex: "5 bags located between two trees on north side of the main parking lot")
  • Photos are helpful when submitting through MyFW App.  

Due to the limited availability of crews, reported bags will not be picked up until March 28 or April 1. Please take your bags to the Drop-Off Stations, if at all possible. 

You can also take your bags to dispose of them with your normal garbage collection but must follow standard residential garbage/recycling guidelines.

If you do not receive an email to report your results after the event, report them on the Post Event Wrap-Up Form. One form per group. 

2022 Partners

Thank you to our partners!

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