Spring has arrived in downtown Spokane, and the community is invited to get outside between April 22 and April 26 to help make our city center shine.
All it takes is 15 minutes a week to keep your community clean all year long. Pledge to spend 15 minutes by yourself, or with a team, cleaning up problem areas you see. Clean-up spaces around your home or place of business, or contact the Downtown Spokane office to coordinate a team clean-up and receive supplies and assistance.
Corporate Team Challenge: Snap a photo of spring clean efforts and email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be entered to win morning doughnuts and coffee for your team courtesy of Downtown Spokane and Republic Services. Winners will be drawn at random, one entry per volunteer per activity.
Daily areas of emphasis:
•Tuesday: Graffiti and parking lots
•Thursday: Planter and tree beds
•Friday Spiff the Block: In partnership with Spokane Arts, com out for a mini Block Party to help clean-up murals in the railroad viaduct that need some love.
If you are planning to participate as an individual or team, make it count by registering volunteer hours on Volunteer Spokane.
Participate as a business
As a business make the pledge to reduce waste, litter and energy consumption. During Spring Clean Week implement one or several of the simple suggestions below and make a big difference.
•Offer a deal for diners who bring in their own mugs or re-usable containers for to-go beverages.
•Establish smoking areas with appropriate ash receptacles for employees and customers.
•Encourage customers to bring their own bag, sell re-usable cloth bags or only use bags for large and bulky items.
•Plant and maintain flowers along a curb or sidewalk. People litter less where areas have been beautified.
•Open garbage cans will get rummaged through. Invest in a locking dumpster or a gated area to dispose of trash. Work with neighboring properties to collaborate on the best place for trash to go.
•Install motion sensor lights in alley to reduce energy use and create safe, well-lit spaces.
Clean and safe
The downtown Clean Team encourages participants to dispose of materials safely.
Please do not reach into bushes or other areas which may contain potentially harmful items such as drug paraphernalia, needles, broken glass, etc. Use gloves at all times, do not pick anything up with your bare hands. Stay away from biological waste. If you encounter any of the preceding call the Clean Team at 509.624.9111. Report graffiti to the City of Spokane by calling 3-1-1.
Follow all traffic signs and signals when crossing streets. If you are working on a sidewalk please wear a reflective safety vest. Please do not make any attempt at waking people up who may be in your way.
Spring Clean Week is presented by Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. was incorporated in 1996 with a “can do” spirit, driving its dramatic growth and acquisitions through the years, welcoming other organizations that share its values and fiduciary discipline. Today, Republic Services, Inc. is the second largest provider of services in the domestic non-hazardous solid waste industry. Republic Services provides non-hazardous solid waste and recycling services for commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers.
About Downtown Spokane
The DSP is a private, non-profit membership organization that serves as Spokane's central city advocate and service provider, dedicated to enhancing the quality and vitality of Downtown Spokane as the basis for a healthy region. The DSP accomplishes its mission through advocating for public policies, business and project development, quality planning, physical improvement projects, public safety, beautification, and marketing programs that ensure downtown's continued success. To learn more, visit www.downtownspokane.org.