Street Cleanup

Earth Day volunteers and businesses take to the street, pitch in, and help keep our community clean! Twice each year, HeightsNEXT and the Columbia Heights LIONS pick up garbage along Central Avenue, University Avenue, and in several of our city parks.


We try to coordinate, but each organization may have different dates. Check with the Columbia Heights LIONS Club for University Avenue cleanup dates.

Spring (Earth Day)

April 24, 2021 @ 9am-10:30am


October 16, 2021 @ 9am-10:30am


Columbia Heights Public Library
3939 Central Avenue NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421

Meet in the parking lot behind the library.

Columbia Heights Public Library
Map of Columbia Heights, MN showing street cleanup routes with Central Avenue highlighted for HeightsNEXT, and University Avenue highlighted for the LIONS Club

HeightsNEXT volunteers pick up litter along Central Avenue and nearby parks.

Columbia Heights LIONS pick up litter along University Avenue and nearby parks.

How it works

Volunteers dress for the weather and bring their own:

  • Gloves
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Face mask

HeightsNEXT supplies:

  • Safety vests
  • Reaching tools
  • Collection bags
Street cleanup gear, including work gloves, work boots, a high visibility safety vest, yellow trash bags, garbage picker stick, and a grabbing tool.

Volunteers work in teams, and are assigned a section of their route (typically a few blocks). Each team works both sides of the street, picking up both recyclables and landfill garbage. Businesses clean their own property and parking lots. Volunteers clean up the boulevards, sidewalks, bus stops, and other public spaces.

Illustration of street cleanup responsibilities showing that volunteers cover boulevards, sidewalks, and public property. The city street sweeper is responsible for the street and gutter. Businesses are responsible for their property and parking lots.

Full bags of recycling and garbage are left on the nearby street corners. Later, HeightsNEXT will collect the bags for disposal.

What You’ll Get

Heights Bakery

We’ll have delicious donuts for all volunteers provided in partnership with Heights Bakery.

Everyone is Welcome!

Bring your:

  • Sports team
  • Scout troop
  • Faith group
  • Nonprofit
  • Book club
  • Co-workers
  • Neighbors

… or just come on your own. Many hands make light work!

Contact the event coordinator:

Rachel James
Rachel James

Let us know how many are in your group.

The City of Columbia Heights
City of Columbia Heights
Dairy Queen
Dairy Queen