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!  

Success through Teamwork and Perserverance!

Thank you for your support through years of volunteer service that OCS has provided to the City of New Bedford.  It is truly because of your support and encouragement that OCS has been able to carry on its work.
Through classroom presentations and school-based organized cleanups, OCS team members have reached close to 4,000 students and educators from grades 3 through college.
As part of our public education outreach, OCS created a public service announcement on Cable Access about responsible disposal of household waste and the importance of recycling. Team members encouraged the Mayor’s office to insert informational flyers into water bills to notify homeowners about how to set out trash properly in order to avoid violations.  We are in support of the City Department employees whose job it is to enforce the City Ordinances.  We advocate for homeowners and business owners to take personal responsibility and be accountable for keeping their properties free and clear of litter as well as disposing of household waste in accordance with the law.
In the past 14 years, over 7500 volunteers from all segments of the community have participated in neighborhood cleanups.  These dedicated volunteers performed over 25,000 hours of community service and cleaned over 84 tons of trash from many miles of New Bedford streets.
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 $638,000.  Generous donors of In-Kind goods and services total many thousands of dollars as well.  OCS was the recipient of new grant in 2012 from the Community Foundation, for which we are very grateful, to help fund our Educational Programs. The United Way’s Community Building Mini-Grant Program, fundraisers and monetary contributions have helped us to purchase the tools and supplies necessary for education, advocacy and organized cleanups.
The Team members of OCS are proud of our work and appreciate that we have attained such success with your help and support.  Thank you so very much.
 Show that you support the efforts of Operation Clean Sweep ~  join the Operation Clean Sweep Team!

Until next time, Keep Your Little Part of the World, Clean!

Lynn A. Coish
Team Leader

Steps to a cleaner environment

Tips on keeping your neighborhood clean
New Bedford can be a rainy, windy city.  So even when you don’t go to the beach your trash does.  It gets carried by wind and rain into the storm drains and much of it ends up in the ocean…the Acushnet River, Clarks Cove…our beaches!

What can YOU do about it?

  • Dispose of your trash responsibly
  • Put trash out on your designated trash day in tied trash bags and place it in your covered barrel.
    This will keep trash in the barrel, out of your neighborhood and out of our waterways. Overfilling and not putting lid down on your trash barrel can result in birds and rodents breaking into bags dispersing trash all over the streets and sidewalks where you live.  Trash goes into the gutter, towards the storm drains and eventually, into our waterways endangering the lives of marine mammals.
    Plus, you could get a fine!
  • Clean up Your Little Part of the World
    If you see trash, pick it up! Dispose of it in the nearest receptacle, even if that means carrying it with you for a few steps.
    Organize your own neighborhood cleanup.  Just ask a few neighbors to pitch in.  You’ll feel good about yourselves.
    Adopt-An-Area Simply decide to keep an area clean.  Set some guidelines for yourself and maintain that area on a regular basis.

See trash on the street, illegal dumping, graffiti or other quality of life issues?

  • Download SeeClickFix to your Smartphone.  It’s super easy to use and you can report issues easily right from your phone.  Issues get reported to multiple City Departments and you can follow the issue (or not) until it is resolved.


Thanks for recycling, New Bedford!

Recycle all clean paper, cardboard, bottles, cans, jugs and jars. Empty and rinse containers. Do not bag recyclables. No plastic bags or food in recycling.

Return clean & dry plastic bags, and the over-wrap from multi-packs of water bottles, to the grocery stores. Look for plastic bag collection bins near the entrance or exit of the store.

Skip the Straw!
And remember New Bedford Recycling does NOT RECYCLE straws in blue bins so -skip the straw altogether!

For more recycling information, call (508) 979-1493.

Just Do It!
It’s not rocket science, just good sense.

And of course…Please Don’t Litter!



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