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Cleaning Up Denver Communities

Families can help Keep Denver Beautiful during cleanup efforts throughout the year.

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It’s the things you don’t see around Denver Public Schools buildings, north and south Federal Boulevard, and east and west Colfax Avenue that tells you they are hard at work. They refers to Keep Denver Beautiful (KDB), a program of Denver Solid Waste Management that works with volunteers to eliminate litter, junk, and graffiti from neighborhoods and public spaces around the city.

They do this through a variety of citywide efforts, one being the Adopt-A-Spot (AAS) program, in which residents are assigned specific areas to clean up, at least four times during a one-year period.

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“It was started to help empower residents to clean up the areas that they see as important and also tap into individual resident’s knowledge of where litter is actually located in Denver,” says Brad Paterson, program administrator for Denver Recycles.

There are more than 25 active AAS groups around the city, and children as young as five years old can volunteer alongside adults. “Unfortunately, youth are just not a huge part of this program,” Paterson says. “[AAS is] an untapped resource for parents that is waiting to support families [who want to] clean up their neighborhoods.”

KDB also organizes specific cleanup efforts throughout the year, including the Great Denver Cleanup and West Denver Cleanupalooza. Tools, supplies, and training are provided, so it’s easy to get the kids involved.

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