Beautify Boulder

Litter negatively impacts wildlife, open spaces, water quality, and people.

How to Get Started

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!

Interactive Map

Watch the safety video

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 

Safely pick up trash!

After you complete your clean up, please feel free to leave trash bags in existing receptacle. If receptacle is full, you can place the bag next to the bin for pick up on the daily trash rounds conducted by City of Boulder Parks and Recreation and Public Works staff.

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.

What do you do if you find hazardous materials in a clean up?

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