Keep Texas Beautiful Fall Sweep
The KTB Fall Sweep takes place October 7 – November 5 and is a statewide cleanup program open to all Texans who want to pick up and sweep up their community! KTB will provide participants with free cleanup supplies, a planning toolkit, and tips and tools to make your cleanup a success.
Join us as we strive to make Texas the cleanest most beautiful state in the nation!
Start a Cleanup!
Who: Texans who want to get involved in their local community
What: The KTB Fall Sweep is a program to support the efforts of KTB Affiliates, nonprofits, volunteers, corporations, scout groups and communities organize fall cleanups. Registered participants will have access to the event toolkit and receive trash bags, gloves, data cards and volunteer giveaways.
When: KTB Fall Sweep cleanups must take place between October 7 -November 5. Register your event and order supplies 3 weeks prior to your scheduled cleanup to ensure timely shipment. An event wrap-up report must be completed within two weeks of the event date.
Where: KTB Fall Sweep events can take place in any public area in your community needing some attention. We recommend parks, schools, main street/downtown, watershed areas and roadways.
Ways to get involved:
Contact your local KTB Affiliate
Find your local affiliate here.
Join a Fall Sweep cleanup in your community
Check out Fall Sweep events happening here.
Organize your own KTB Fall Sweep cleanup
Below you will find plenty of supplies to help you prepare and promote your cleanup event.
Click here for supplies registration.
KTB will be holding a KTB Fall Sweep kickoff event in partnership with Keep San Marcos Beautiful/City of San Marcos on October 7 at 9:00 a.m. If you’re interested in volunteering, click here.
KTB Fall Sweep Toolkit
Ready to organize your own Fall Sweep? Here's what to do next:
Pick a Location
Identify an area in your community that could be cleaned and that is safe and accessible. Come up wiht a plan to dispose of the trash and recyclables you collect properly. Visit the site in advance of the cleanup date to determine where to set up a check-in station, where to leave bags of trash and recyclables and what areas volunteers will clean.
Register Your Event with Keep Texas Beautiful
Use this form to register your cleanup for supplies and materials. You must also sign into your affiliate portal and register your cleanup on our event calendar.
Contact Your Community
Encourage friends, family and colleagues to get involved and help organize the cleanup. Create a work event or a Facebook event so interested volunteers can RSVP and you can easily communicate with attendees. Spread the word through email, social media and e-invites. You can also print and post these event flyers in the area.
Ready to start cleaning up? Here's what to do next.
Arrive early to set up, post signs and label your trash drop-off site. At your check-in station, ensure you have pens, pencils and sign-in sheets ready for your volunteers.
What to Tell Volunteers
Emphasize the importance of data collection. Make sure group leaders have their Safety Speech, Volunteer Welcome, Volume to Weight Estimation Sheet and Data Card. It is easier to collect data as items are picked up, rather than sorting and tallying everything after you clean.
Establish a point-person to stay at the check-in station in case of health emergencies or any late arrivals.
Tell volunteers what to do with the filled bags of trash and set a meeting time for the end of the cleanup so that everyone returns at the same time. Kids should always have adult supervision.
Document the Cleanup
Take before and after photos of the cleanup site as well as shots of your volunteers in action and a final group picture with all of the trash collected. You can submit these with your data card or tag @KeepTXBeautiful online with #KTBFallSweep.
If you have a scale with a hook, use it to weigh the trash bags. If you don’t have a scale, you can use a standard conversion of 15 pounds per trash bag to estimate the overall weight of your collected trash.
As the volunteers finish, remind them to review the information they entered into the Data Cards and then make sure they submit! Collect all completed paper data forms to submit to Keep Texas Beautiful.
Ensure all trash is left in the designated drop-off location and that no materials are left behind as you leave the cleanup location.
Finished sweeping up? Here's what to do next.
Share Your Results
After your volunteers submit their data online, encourage them to share it on social media and with their local press!
Submit your data cards to Keep Texas Beautiful.
If you have any questions, or would like to share photos or highlights, feel free to reach out to Keep Texas Beautiful:
Mail: Keep Texas Beautiful
Attn: Fall Sweep
8850 Business Park Drive, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78759
Survey your cleanup team post-event. Encourage everyone to share experiences, stories and pictures about what they saw. This might encourage others to attend future events—and now is the time to start planning. Let them know about your next cleanup; get volunteers onboard while their enthusiasm is high!
Send out an email saying, “Look what we did!” Include how many friends, family and community members joined in and the weight of trash were collected. Celebrate your accomplishment as a cleanup organizers and ocean advocate. Thank you!
Thank you to our Keep Texas Beautiful Fall Sweep Sponsors and Partners