Downtown Community Cleanup

The Great American Cleanup® unifies and beautifies communities across the country in a grassroots spring-cleaning movement.  Celebrating its 23rd year, the most recent Great American Cleanup created 15,000 opportunities for millions of volunteers to have remarkable results – picking up millions of pounds of litter, cleaning over 100,000 acres of public spaces, and tens of thousands of miles of roadways and shorelines.

In 2019 alone, over 40 million pounds of litter and recyclables were collected by volunteers throughout the country.

A successful Great American Cleanup project must fulfill the needs of the local community; which is why Downtown Coral Gables stepped up to help aid the cleanup of our beautiful area.

Learn more about the Great American Cleanup project here.

Our Coral Gables Community Leaders Volunteered

Keep Coral Gables Beautiful in partnership with the Coral Gables Community Foundation, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and the Business Improvement District volunteers took to the streets of downtown Coral Gables to pick up litter from sidewalks, medians, and alleys.

The camaraderie of friends and family working together knowing their walk through the Downtown, and their collective effort to gather trash would benefit every visitor to our streets and help keep the City “beautiful”.

Aura Reinhardt, the Executive Director of the Business Improvement District of Downtown Coral Gables, worked alongside other key members of Coral Gables to help in the Downtown effort.

Coral Gables Community Foundation was well represented with Mary Snow, President and CEO, Michael Walsh, Treasurer, Laura Russo, Board Chair, and Kaiser Ahmed, Board Member.

From the City of Coral Gables, Julian Perez, Director of the Economic Development Department, was out on the streets leading a team of young school volunteers.

Thankfully, the rain didn’t stop participants from collecting 69 pounds of litter in a two mile radius.

Anyone can participate in this Great American Cleanup season by joining a solo cleanup. Participation is simple – register online, pick a location, and make sure to download the Clean Swell App to track your litter collection.

Photo: Rick Alberty, Bruce Bounds, Aura Reinhardt and Monique Selman.

Photo: Aura Reinhardt

Photo: Mary Snow, Laura Russo and Kaiser Ahmed

Solo Cleanups

As part of the Great American Cleanup, “Keep Coral Gables Beautiful” encourages residents to participate in solo cleanups. Now through June 20, you can earn community service hours and enter the Most Pounds of Litter Collected contest to win great prizes, and, of course, help keep our City Beautiful.

Participation is simple – Register online, pick a location (around your neighborhood, a local park, etc.) and make sure to download the Clean Swell App to track your litter collection. Make sure to share your #SoloCleanup on social media with the hashtags #KeepCoralGablesBeautiful, #cleanYourblock.

Supplies such as gloves, pick-up tools, and garbage bags are available. Please complete the registration form to request the needed supplies.

Most Pounds of Litter Collected Contest

Enter for a chance to win gift certificates to local Coral Gables restaurants. Prizes made possible through the Coral Gables Community Foundation. The contest will run throughout the season from April 5 through June 20 allowing participants to host multiple solo cleanups and increase the total pounds collected.

How to enter:

  1. Participate in a solo cleanup during the Great American Cleanup season from April 5 – June 20.
  2. Track litter collection on the Clean Swell App, a summary report of your collection will be emailed to you.
  3. Take a picture of yourself and the litter collected.
  4. Email the Clean Swell App report and picture to kcgb@coralgables.com.
  5. Host multiple solo cleanups to increase pounds collected and chances of winning.

Community Service Hours

If you would like to receive community service hours, please email a copy of the Clean Swell App report and a picture of the solo cleanup to kcgb@coralgables.com.

Registration link: https://arcg.is/1DWqKC0