On April 6, hundreds of volunteers showed up to Hope Park for the annual Philly Spring Cleanup as part of the Philadelphia Resilience Project.

Now that the Philly Spring Cleanup has passed, you can still keep up the cleaning momentum in your neighborhood!

Check out these resources available to your civic or neighborhood group for your next cleanup:

Organize your own community cleanup (and get free tools and bags!)

sign that says clip at work with tools lined up ready to be distributed

CLIP’s Community Partnership Program (CPP) loans equipment and supplies for cleanup events. CPP also coordinates bagged trash pick-up after a cleanup event.

You can borrow tools and get trash picked up for cleanups in:

  • Vacant lots
  • Alleyways
  • Parks
  • Recreation centers
  • Playgrounds
  • Residential blocks

To borrow cleanup supplies, you must fill out the Supply Request Form. Supplies are available citywide to community groups, businesses, homeowners, and renters.

Check out this helpful checklist of tips to run an effective cleanup.

Report a vacant lot that needs cleaning

vacant lot that is overgrown and has some plastic trash

The City’s Vacant Lot Program is available to clean properties that are overgrown or full of litter.

All you need to do is call 311 to request a vacant lot cleanup or submit a request online. The City will then send the property owner a warning notice, telling them to clean up their property.

If the owner doesn’t clean up the property, City crews will clean the property and bill the owner for the cleanup cost. This process may take up to 90 days.

Report graffiti that needs to be removed in your neighborhood

person holding up a phone and taking photos of graffiti to report it

If you see graffiti on your block, you can get it removed for free. The Graffiti Abatement Team can usually remove or cover up graffiti in 4-5 days, weather permitting.

If the graffiti is on a home, business, municipal building, street sign, or traffic signal, call 311. If you are calling from outside of the city limits, call (215) 686-8686 or fill out the online Graffiti Removal Form.

If the graffiti appears elsewhere, such as on a public school building or SEPTA bridge, use this table to find the right contact to call about having it removed.

Sign up for our next large scale Philadelphia Resilience Project cleanup at Harrowgate Park on Saturday, May 4.