About Us

Over 2,700 volunteers from all segments of the community have participated in neighborhood cleanups.  These dedicated volunteers performed over 9,800 hours of community service and cleaned over 51 tons of trash from many miles of New Bedford streets since Operation Clean Sweep’s inception in 2006.
Based on information provided by the Corporation for National Community Service, we estimate the value of volunteer service that Operation Clean Sweep has provided to New Bedford to be over $180,000. Generous donors of In-Kind goods and services total many thousands of dollars as well.  The United Way’s Community Building Mini-Grant Program and monetary contributions have helped us to purchase the tools and supplies necessary for education, advocacy and organized cleanups.

Operation Clean Sweep, an all volunteer anti-litter campaign was formed in early 2006 as a result of citizen concern for the amount of trash and litter throughout New Bedford.  Rather than ask the Mayor to solve the problem, concerned citizens offered solutions.  Realizing the value of citizen participation he swiftly introduced the people who now, in part, form the committee of Operation Clean Sweep.

Our mission is to raise awareness and educate people about the far reaching negative effects of litter and trash on our environment.
Our vision is for a clean and healthy environment for the community now and for generations to come.

Education is a key component of Operation Clean Sweep.  By creating awareness through classroom presentations, OCS Team members have reached out to over 3000 students in New Bedford. We ask the students  to think about their trash and how to dispose of it properly.  We encourage everyone to recycle and NOT Litter.

Organized Cleanups:  OCS encourages everyone to get involved.  Leading by example, we hope to teach behaviors that will result in helping to create a cleaner, safer environment for generations. Operation Clean Sweep organizes a series of cleanups throughout the city from April – September. It is only possible with the help of hundreds of civic minded volunteers and the support of City Services and neighborhood businesses.

City employees volunteer their time and with the support of city resources. we are creating a cleaner, prouder New Bedford.

Advocating for enforcement of litter laws is a very important component of Operation Clean Sweep. Because of this awareness raising anti – litter campaign, city officials have heard the people of New Bedford and are working to improve the enforcement structure with regard to litter and improper disposal of trash.

FACT: Due in part to the Advocacy of OCS, over $26,000.00 in fines have been issued since January of 2010.
FACT: Since January 2010, 271 tickets have been issued for code violations as opposed to 38 tickets in 2008.
FACT: New Bedford’s Housing Court has set aside Thursday afternoons to hear cases.  City officials are in attendance with documentation and pictures to prove validity of alleged violations.

Code Enforcement Team - “In an effort to enhance the quality of life for all New Bedford residents at the neighborhood level, the City’s Code and Nuisance Enforcement Team will be out in force in the upcoming weeks to identify and cite homeowners who violate City laws and codes.”

Working together we are making a difference!

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