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236 volunteers, picked up 3,867 pounds of trash in downtown Portland today
236 volunteers, picked up 3,867 pounds of trash in downtown Portland today
Downtown Volunteer Cleanup Efforts Collect Nearly 27,000 Pounds of Trash Since September  (Photo) - 04/29/21

Quick facts - 236 volunteers, picked up 3,867 pounds of trash. SOLVE partnered with Transition Projects to host a hygiene product donation drive. Collectively, these downtown cleanups have removed nearly 27,000 pounds of trash since they began in September. 


Portland Ore., April 29, 2021 – This morning, SOLVE, Portland Business Alliance, and Portland Lodging Alliance, with support from CBRE, Turner Construction Company, NAIOP Oregon, and Aspect on Sixth hosted the eighth Downtown Volunteer Litter Cleanup Day.  

236 volunteers attended the cleanup event and collected 3,867 pounds of litter and debris from city sidewalks, parks, and business fronts. An estimated 1500 needles were also collected.  

Since these events began in September, over 2,500 volunteers have removed nearly 27,000 pounds of litter from the downtown Portland corridor.  

SOLVE’s Downtown Cleanup Days offer Portlanders an opportunity to safely take action to clean up unsightly litter in our city. Each SOLVE volunteer receives important safety information and guidance on what to pick up and what to leave behind, before receiving cleanup supplies and fanning out to clean the nearby area. Some of the safety information provided includes reporting needles to the event leader and not picking them up, leaving a respectful distance between anyone sheltering outside, and to never take anything that could be a personal belonging. 

Volunteers met at four project sites, including The Benson, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Providence Park, and Northwest Academy. By hosting multiple locations, SOLVE was able to safely accommodate a higher number of people who wanted to join the event. 

SOLVE’s Downtown Cleanup Days are about more than just picking up litter. These events demonstrate that Portlanders are resilient and care deeply about the health and cleanliness of their city. Many volunteers not only picked up litter today, but also donated hygiene products to Transition Projects, which partnered with SOLVE for this event to host a donation drive.  

Common items found included cigarette butts, disposable masks, and take-out containers. All volunteers were required to wear a mask at all times and maintain social distancing throughout the event. 

Each piece of litter collected also removes the chance of it ending up in a nearby waterway, like the Willamette River. The next Downtown Volunteer Litter Cleanup Day will be held on May 19.  

SOLVE is a statewide non-profit organization that brings Oregonians together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship. Since 1969, the organization has grown from a small, grassroots group to a national model of volunteer action. Today, SOLVE mobilizes and trains tens of thousands of volunteers of all ages across Oregon to clean and restore our neighborhoods and natural areas, and to build a legacy of stewardship for our state. Visit solveoregon.org for more information.  

About Portland Business Alliance
The Portland Business Alliance is greater Portland’s Chamber of Commerce. Our mission is to create opportunity and advance well-being for all who live and work in the greater Portland and SW Washington region. Our vision is a healthy and resilient business ecosystem. Visit PortlandAlliance.com for more information. 

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