It’s time to make Fort Worth a litter-free city

Published on January 28, 2021

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The Cowtown Great American Cleanup is an event that everyone hopes will be a non-event in the near future. That’s because there will be no litter to collect. Fort Worth thinks big!

Until that day, Keep Fort Worth Beautiful invites residents to volunteer for the 36th annual Cowtown Great American Cleanup set for 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, March 20. It’s the single largest litter cleanup and beautification event where volunteers from schools, churches, businesses and neighborhood groups pick up litter from parks, streets, creeks and other public areas.

The heart of Keep Fort Worth Beautiful is the volunteers. The Cowtown Great American Cleanup attracts an average of 5,000 individuals, collecting an average of 140,000 pounds of trash each year. Everyone is welcome. Youth, teens and adults are welcome to participate.

Volunteers can choose a location that’s important to them. That can include school campuses, creeks and other waterways, or even empty lots. Keep Fort Worth Beautiful also preselects various hubs throughout the city. Volunteers are welcome to register to clean up a hub location. In past years, those have included Lake Como, Echo Lake and Eugene McCray Park at Lake Arlington.

All participants are asked to adhere to COVID-19 safety guidelines. Keep your volunteer groups small, wear masks and practice social distancing.

Registration opens Feb. 15, so there’s plenty of time to organize a group. Everyone who registers will receive gloves and trash bags; the first 5,000 receive an event T-shirt.