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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