Earth Day 2019 – Operation Clean Sweep Alberta Street

Alberta Street Earth Day Clean Up • Saturday, April 20, 2019

The Earth Day district cleanup is more than just a day of litter and graffiti removal; it is a day to meet your neighbors, build community and celebrate at the Golden Garbage Awards. The eighth annual Earth Day Clean Up, presented by Pacific Power, is Saturday, April 20, 2019.

Rain or shine, volunteers will pick up litter, clean storm drains, and remove graffiti along NE Alberta Street between MLK and NE 33rd Ave. After the clean up we will celebrate with pizza, Salt & Straw Ice Cream, and the Golden Garbage Awards.



Join us for a fun morning of clean-up, followed by a pizza party. Volunteer at the 9th Annual Alberta Street Earth Day Clean Up on Saturday April 20, 2019.

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Clean Up Details


10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Check-In

Volunteer Check-In at Alberta Central (the courtyard between Umpqua Bank & Barista) at NE 18th Avenue and Alberta. Coffee and light snacks will be provided

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Clean Sweep

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Celebration & Golden Garbage Awards


What you will be doing.
There are a variety of activities to work on. Priorities include: picking up trash and cigarette butts, clearing any blocked storm drains and removing stickers and graffiti.

What to bring.
If possible, please bring your own gloves, water bottle and any tools that will aid in clean up!

If you haven’t completed your volunteer liability waiver online, you can make check in go a little faster by bringing one with you tomorrow. You can download/print a waiver here. We will have waivers available onsite as well.

Where you will be working.
When you check in, you will be assigned a 5-6 block section of Alberta Street between MLK and NE 33rd Avenue. Feel free to let our registration volunteers know if you have a preference and they will do their best to accommodate. Larger groups may be asked to split up to make sure the whole street gets the attention it needs. After you check in and grab some nourishment, please head to your assigned location and check in with your Team Leaders.

Who will provide direction or answer questions.
Team Leaders will be wearing orange vests and lanyards (when you check-in you will be told where to find your team leaders). Your team leaders will have some tools available, provide direction about priorities and answer any questions. Your team leader will tell you where to leave filled garbage bags (please do not bring garbage back to the check in area). Additionally, they will have some basic first aid supplies if you need them.

Dealing with difficult people.
While we hope this doesn’t happen, there may be a few people who disagree with our efforts to clean up Alberta Street. If anyone approaches you while removing posters, graffiti, or stickers during the clean up, please tell them that you are a volunteer and let them know they should speak to your team leader. Please do not argue or engage! You are doing great work on behalf of our community.

What not to pick up.
Prohibited materials, not covered by Metro’s disposal voucher program, include: hazardous waste materials; all construction, remodeling or demolition materials; all kitchen garbage; residential yard debris and trimmings; and waste and recyclables collected curbside.

Stay for the Celebration

Be Social.

Alberta Main Street would love to see your photos and videos! If you post, tweet or share photos, please tag us, we love seeing our volunteers in action!

If you miss online sign up, you can sign up on the day of the event. Volunteer check-in takes place between 10-10:30 AM at Alberta Central (the courtyard between Umpqua Bank & Barista) at NE 18th Avenue and Alberta Street.

Alberta Main Street is a nonprofit community organization that is operated by volunteer residents, business owners and other stakeholders who care about Alberta Street. Thank you for lending a hand and making Alberta Street one of the biggest Earth Day events in Portland!

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