City of Columbia Missouri Community Development

P.O. BOX 6015


April 5, 2021

CONTACT: Leigh Kottwitz
Neighborhood Services Manager
Community Development
City of Columbia

Jody Cook
Volunteer Program Specialist
Community Development
City of Columbia

Volunteers will 'Cleanup Columbia' in April

(COLUMBIA, MO) - The City of Columbia’s Volunteer Programs reports that more than 1,000 volunteers are scheduled to pick up litter at 70 locations throughout the City this month as part of Cleanup Columbia. Volunteers will work along Columbia streets and trails, in our streams and in our parks throughout the month for this city-wide litter pick up event.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the event. The 2021 version of Cleanup Columbia looks different than previous years due to COVID-19.  Instead of a single-day event with a post-cleanup lunch, volunteers are able to select their own day and time for cleanup. 

There is still time for residents to volunteer in the cleanup.  There are two events where individual volunteers can join others: Saturday, April 10, at 10 a.m. on Gray Oak Drive in south Columbia and Saturday, April 17, at 9 a.m. on Brown Station Road in northeast Columbia. Groups and families may also do self-directed cleanups. City staff will assign a location and provide the needed supplies.

Cleanup Columbia is supported by the City of Columbia Utility Department - Solid Waste Division and Columbia Parks & Recreation who will dispose of the bags of litter filled by volunteers.

To learn more about Cleanup Columbia and to register, contact Volunteer Programs at 573.874.7499, or visit the city’s website at

City of Columbia Vision
Columbia is the best place for everyone to live, work, learn and play.

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To serve the public through democratic, transparent and efficient government.