Mayor Fischer helps kick off Clean Collaborative initiative

April 05, 2021

Mayor Greg Fischer today joined Public Works Director Vanessa Burns to kick off the city’s new Clean Collaborative initiative that will improve the community's overall cleanliness.

“Having clean streets, sidewalks and parks sends a message that this is a city that takes pride in itself, where people take pride in and care about their hometown,” said the Mayor. “For our economy and for ourselves and each other, it makes life here better when our streets are cleaner.”

Burns added: “The proudest as a resident I have ever been was the Muhammad Ali cleanup in 2016. Everyone pitched in and made Louisville shine. Let’s all do our part and have that same sense of pride by participating in cleanliness efforts, whether it is in front of your house, a business or an alley.”

The collaborative brings together stakeholders from across Louisville Metro to coordinate and maximize cleaning efforts. These stakeholders include:

Louisville Metro Public Works & Assets, which has worked on many cleanliness efforts such as urban and suburban street sweeping, litter hotspot cleanings, homeless camp cleanings, and more.

Brightside and its volunteer community cleanups and anti-litter messaging.

Louisville Downtown Partnership, which assists in maintaining the cleanliness in the downtown area.

Louisville Metro Codes & Regulations and its Vacant Lots Team.

Louisville Waste Management District, which annually receives $380,000 in grant funding to provide extra litter collection along the interstates during the winter, inmate litter collection programs, supplies for litter cleanup events, and anti-litter education through Brightside.

A significant part of the Clean Collaborative is to assess the level of cleanliness along major arterial roadways. Assessments began in February of 2021 and will continue throughout the initiative. Cleanliness scores can be found on the Cleanliness Assessment Map. Blue lines indicate routes that will be assessed in the future.

The Collaborative launched with $1.5 million in funding from Metro Council to increase staffing and purchase equipment for cleanups, street sweeping, graffiti removal and vacant lots mowing.

The 13-person crew and their equipment were first deployed in February and thus far have cleaned 376 curb miles and collected 2,200 bags, removing 96 tons of litter from Metro’s roadways.

There are several ways for residents to get involved in this cleanliness effort.

“I ask everyone to do what they can to help make our Clean Collaborative team’s jobs a little easier by throwing your trash away and keeping it off our streets,” said the Mayor.

Residents also are encouraged to track the crew’s progress by visiting a new interactive online dashboard. The dashboard is updated daily and shows data on curb miles cleaned, tires collected, total bags of litter and other items collected, and additional cleanliness activities.

To learn more about the collaborative and how you can help, visit For residents who would like to track the crews’ progress, please visit the Interactive Data Dashboard

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