Join the NYC Big Spring Clean: A month-long initiative empowering New Yorkers to beautify their communities

Photo courtesy of the Sanitation Foundation

April is Earth Month and New Yorkers are taking to the streets to clean up their communities.

The Sanitation Foundation, the official non-profit partner of New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY), has launched their NYC Big Spring Clean event throughout the month of April. The foundation will connect community groups, schools and businesses to events that will spruce up the five boroughs. 

The non-profit is partnering with 40 community groups, 50 schools and an array of businesses across New York City, providing cash grants, tools, supplies and an accessible online volunteer registration website to aid in participation. 

Residents can visit the volunteer website to select and join pre-existing clean-up groups, or decide to register their own group by following the steps on the website. Additionally, volunteers can individually join clean-ups throughout the month and filter their options via their location and other options on the site. 

Caryl Englander, board chair of the Sanitation Foundation, said the NYC Big Spring Clean is a great initiative that encourages New Yorkers to beautify their city. “The NYC Big Spring Clean is a spectacular month of cleanups and activities, where we’ll champion New Yorkers and help them care for the places they love the most,” Englander said. “The Sanitation Foundation is committed to providing communities, schools and businesses throughout the five boroughs with the leadership and resources they need to keep their favorite spaces clean.” 

Hundreds of employees from businesses across the city will be cleaning up select sites during the NYC Big Spring Clean. The Sanitation Foundation has partnered with major corporations such as Bloomberg and Target to spread the environmental initiative. Additionally, the foundation is bringing the NYC Big Spring Clean initiative to public schools across the city. School leaders will be provided with resources to host their own school beautification initiatives for youngsters.

As part of the month-long initiative, the foundation will also host a special NYC Big Spring Clean event on Earth Day, Apr. 22. Organizers will announce a new program created to help citygoers keep their green spaces clean all year long.

Queens residents interested in getting involved in the NYC Big Spring Clean Up can look below to register for upcoming events.


O.W.N. Club Community Cleanup

Apr. 5 

2:30- 3:30 p.m.

Location: 91-30 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills

Register by Apr. 5 

The Mission Continues – Bay 84th Street Community Garden Cleanup

Apr. 6

10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Location: 3-22 Beach 84th St., Far Rockaway


Rosedale Preservation Society Community Cleanup

Apr. 20 

10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Location: 245-04 149th Ave., Rosedale

Sunnyside Social Community Cleanup

Apr. 21 

10 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Location: 46 St-Bliss St., 46th St., Sunnyside


Ridgewood Runners Community Clean Up

Apr. 23

6- 8 p.m.

Location: 71st Avenue Plaza, Ridgewood