February 09, 2021

City Sets Clean-Up Week April 19-24; Resumes After One-Year Absence Due to COVID

A group cleans up around the Little League fields in west Rapid City during Clean-Up Week 2019. A group cleans up around the Little League fields in west Rapid City during Clean-Up Week 2019. (City File Photo/Darrell Shoemaker)




RAPID CITY, SD—After a one-year suspension due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, City Solid Waste officials are planning to reinstate the popular City-Wide Cleanup Week.

            This year’s community cleanup week is scheduled from April 19-24 and is marking its 50th year.  Its dual purpose is to encourage residents to bring items to the City Landfill free of charge and to promote cleanup of the community.

            “Last year’s community cleanup week was suspended due to COVID-19 and it was a great disappointment for the residents and volunteers, for our Landfill staff and the community in general,” said City Solid Waste Outreach Coordinator Jancie Knight.  “We are very excited to reinstate the event and we’re starting early to recruit volunteers to help clean up the city.”

            Clean-Up Week will again be highlighted by Community Clean-Up Day (Saturday, April 24) when hundreds of volunteers with plastic bags will be combing through parks, along ditches, drainage areas, fence lines and neighborhoods in the community picking up trash.

            There’s always a lot of trash to be picked up from Mother Nature’s long winter of discontent but Knight says this year’s Clean-Up week will take on added importance with last year’s suspension due to COVID-19.

            “In many areas, there are two years of trash that has built up,” said Knight. “Clean Up Week is an opportunity for citizens to clean up their community and for homeowners to spruce up around their yards and homes,.”

            The City is seeking volunteer groups and individuals to help clean up public spaces again this year.  The City will provide trash bags and interested groups are encouraged to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to determine available spaces.

            The week-long Community Cleanup Week event is open to area residents only with free disposal of household trash and recyclables at the Landfill throughout Cleanup Week.  Private pickups, cars and small trailers are allowed but no commercial vehicles.  All loads must be secured.  The Landfill will not accept Freon-based appliances and there will be a fee for disposal of tires.  Items such as paints, garden chemicals, gasoline and other hazardous waste or liquids will not be accepted during Cleanup Week but will be accepted during Hazardous Waste Cleanup Day later this fall.  Solid Waste officials are finalizing details and a date for that event, which was also suspended last year due to COVID-19.

            “Additional details will follow in coming weeks about Clean-Up Week, but we want to get the word out to the public so groups and organizations can begin to assemble volunteers and homeowners can mark their calendars and begin to make plans,” Knight said.

            Knight said another popular feature of Clean-Up Week will return this year.  The Trash To Treasures Day will be held in conjunction with Community Clean-Up Day with the public encouraged to bring and pick up slightly-used items such as bicycles and other items and equipment to the Material Recovery Facility from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

            For more information about Clean-Up Week and Trash to Treasures Day, contact the Rapid City Solid Waste Division at 355-3496.

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