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About the Anti-Litter Initiative

The City of Takoma Park works on initiatives that help keep the City "Clean, Green, and Groovy!" by eliminating litter.

Takoma Park Anti-Litter initiative logo. Text reads "Takoma Park, MD | TKPK | Keep Our City Clean Green & Groovy."

Sporting this car magnet tells the world you pledge to keep Takoma Park clean, green, & groovy!


Seasonal Litter Clean-ups

April is Anti-Litter Month in Takoma Park. This is the best and easiest time to find a way to join the effort to rid the City of litter.  School groups from elementary all the way through the university level have clean ups scheduled. The Takoma Langley Crossroads Association and Main Street Takoma have regular clean ups advertised on their websites.   The Alice Ferguson Foundation hosts the Potomac River Watershed Clean Up with sites all over the region.  Many residents make Friends of Sligo Creek's Sweep the Creek a tradition in the spring and fall, you can too!


Adopt-a-Spot allows individuals or groups to adopt areas located within Takoma Park for regularly scheduled litter pick-ups. The City recognizes the individual or group with a sign bearing the group's name at the spot. The City will also provide cleaning equipment, such as trash bags and gloves.

Examples of eligible locations include parks, landmarks, schools, vacant lots, walkways or trails, campuses, public grounds, or any sites prone to litter.

To fill out the Adopt-A-Spot Application online please visit this link.

Download the application here: Adopt-a-Spot Application


Rick Baravechia: 301-891-7113

Illegal signs piled on a utility pole in Takoma Park during the 2015 Sick of Signs Week.
Illegal signs piled on a utility pole in Takoma Park during the 2015 Sick of Signs Week.

Sick of Signs

During Sick of Signs Week, the City urges residents to put “Street Spam” back in the can by tearing down illegally posted signs in the public right-of-way.

“Street Spam” can be signs that offer to buy your house, advertise summer camps, or ask for your scrap gold.  Throughout the week, residents collect signs from bus shelters, utility poles, and transformer boxes, then bring them to a sign tally at the Community Center. The Housing and Community Development department awards prizes and provides refreshments at the sign tally

Sick of Signs Week involves the community in eliminating the paper trails that clog public spaces and eventually become litter.

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