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Tidy Up Boulder

Group trash pick up

Litter can have negative impacts on wildlife, open spaces, water quality, and people. You can help by picking up trash in your community. You can make the biggest impact in your neighborhood, so stop the litter before it gets into our creeks and open spaces.  

Follow the steps below to set up a safe and impactful litter pick up.  

STEP 1: Decide where to go 

Clean city-owned parks, bike paths, and natural areas help keep our city beautiful. We have identified areas in need of clean up where volunteers are permitted to pick up litter. Choose a point on the map below to start your clean up before you start! Open Map in Full Screen

Open Map in Full Screen

STEP 2: Watch the Safety Video and Pack Your Bag 

Bring the following items on your clean up:  

  • Sturdy garden gloves  
  • Closed-toed shoes 
  • Hat 
  • Glasses 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Bug repellent 
  • Reusable water bottle 
  • Snack 
  • Trash bag  
  • Trash grabber 
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Mask  

Safety recommendations  

  • Wash your gloves and hands in hot water and soap after picking up trash.  
  • Use a plastic grocery bag to collect trash.  
  • Consider using a grabber tool  

How to make your own trash grabber

To make litter pick up easier, you can create your own grabber. You can make your own grabber that will not only pick up the litter, but also take a photo and tag the location, if you use the Litterati app.
DIY Trash Grabber Instructions

FYI, fence lines, alleyways, and ditches are all areas where trash can collect and often get trapped. Be sure to check these areas when you clean up! 

STEP 3: Download the Litterati app 

What do you do if you find hazardous materials in a clean up? Volunteers may encounter hazardous materials (encampments, needles, and containers of questionable liquids) during their clean up. If you find these items, please fill out an Inquire Boulder request.  


By participating as a volunteer you acknowledge an assumption of risk of injury or possible death to yourself or your minor child in connection with any activities associated with your volunteer work.  And you agree to hold the City of Boulder, its employees, and agents harmless in connection with these activities.