Earth Day Cleanup CANCELED – Sat. April 18th

The Community Boating Center is hosting our first cleanup of the season. In celebration of Earth Day we’re holding two cleanups, one on land and one the Bay.

Check out this awesome video!


Volunteer options, schedules and details: 
Headquarters/Check-in is located at the Orpheum Theater parking lot, 1005 S. Water St., New Bedford. In addition to our neighborhood cleanup from 8:30-11am, we’re conducting a beach clean up on Palmers Island from 11:30am-2:30pm.
List of stuff that is provided to all registered volunteers by generous sponsors and in-kind donors

  • FREE t-shirts
  • FREE reusable water bottle
  • FREE lunch provided by Domino’s pizza
  • FREE water & restroom facilities provided by our Host
  • Gloves and tools provided
  • Please review Safety Notes

What’s your pleasure?
Landlubber – If you’re not a fan of the sand between your toes, volunteer for our neighborhood cleanup (8:30-11am)

  • Check-in begins at 8:30 am
  • Coffee, donuts and water provided by our Host
  • You get that feel good feeling of pride and teamwork in a job well done – you have  just made a huge impact in our community. You have improved the quality of life in New Bedford. And you may have saved a life of a wild thing. Thank you.
    Looking forward to seeing you next month!


Beachcomber (River Rats)  If you can’t get enough of the salty sea air, volunteer for the Palmer’s Island Cleanup (11:30am-2:30pm)

  • Check-in begins at 11am in the Orpheum Parking lot (start with FREE pizza!)
  • We will have a 2nd check-in station at Palmer’s Island (Pizza free) at the end of Gifford St.
  • When you volunteer for a beach cleanup, you can pretty much believe that you  saved the life of an innocent marine animal. Every single piece of litter cleaned off the beach is a piece of litter not consumed by wildlife. Thank you.
    See you next month.


Earth Day Hero – Volunteer for BOTH cleanups! If you love our Planet and want to do as much as you can, have tons of energy and simply HATE litter in all its forms, the fact that it’s killing earth’s innocents and feel helpless to stop it and because you’re celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day (all in one breath), this is the volunteer package for you!

  • Check in begins when you arrive, well before 11am
  • You get your choice of donuts, pizza or chow down both! (you’ll be burning off the carbs anyway)
  • You enjoy the camaraderie and challenge of the tasks at hand!
  • When you volunteer for both cleanups, you’ll walk away satisfied. you did it. you made more of a change in a few hours than you ever thought possible. Sure, it’s still only a drop in the bucket – but it’s a HUGE drop. And. it. counts.
    It all counts.
    Every. Single. Drop. Counts.
    Thank you. Thank you.
    See you soon!


Earth Day 2020 New Bedford! 50th Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday, April 22 3:30pm at Pier 3, New Bedford
Be part of a worldwide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!
There’ll be lots of Earth friendly stuff to do and see and learn about plus you can join in the Climate March! Join the Operation Clean Sweep Team, wear your OCS tee and grab a picker to pick up trash along the march!


Earth Day Cleanup(s)-Saturday, April 18th

In 2019, over 350 volunteers donated more than 1000 hours of time and energy to clean up almost 2.3 tons of trash and debris from the neighborhoods of New Bedford!

Operation Clean Sweep is proud to be a part of this community – together we have made a tremendous difference!
In the the last 14 years, over 7800 volunteers have donated more than 26,000 hours of service to New Bedford to remove over 87 tons of trash from our neighborhoods and shoreline…and we’re not done yet!

2020 will kick off our 15th year of litter cleanups

In April, Operation Clean Sweep will be part of a collaborative in New Bedford, joining the worldwide recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day with a few million of our closest friends around the world, please plan to join us for our Earth Day Cleanup.
Watch for details about a wide variety of local Earth Day activities designed to engage even more people to take action in the fight against pollution and climate change.

Mark your calendar for
Saturday, April 18, 2020

With much appreciation,
The Operation Clean Sweep Team
Lynn Coish
Diane A. Berube
Russ Wotton
Anne Whiting
Marissa Perez-Dormitzer
Lorene Sweeney
Mindy Wallis
With the support of:
Steve Naiman
Sr. Elaine Poitras

Save the Dates! 2019 Cleanup Schedule

earth day clean up 2019 Schedule

How to Volunteer: Pre-register before the clean up or call 508.979.1493
Pre-registering helps us to plan for important volunteer services.

Day of Cleanup – sign up/check in at our Operation Clean Sweep headquarters

Saturday, April 27 – Hosted by Acorn Management
Saturday, May 18 – Hosted by Southcoast Health – from 8:30 – Noon – City Wide Cleanup (Teams needed to tackle “Hot Spots”)
Saturday, June 15 – Hosted by Me & Ed’s Family Restaurant
Saturday, August 17 – Hosted by ServPro
Saturday, September 21 – Hosted by AFC Urgent Care and includes our Volunteer Appreciation Event

How to Volunteer: Pre-register before the clean up or call 508.979.1493
Pre-registering helps us to plan for important volunteer services.

Day of Cleanup – sign up/check in at our Operation Clean Sweep headquarters

Remember to bring your reusable water bottle if you got one last year!  

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