Clean City Initiative

The Clean City Initiative is a program that invests $3 million into new and existing programs to clean up litter and garbage across the city. The Clean City Initiative pulls together and expands efforts from Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Seattle Department of Transportation to address the backlog in maintenance. The Clean City Initiative includes: 

  • Additional SPU Litter Routes: Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will add 10 new litter routes to the existing 8 Community Litter routes to more than double efforts to collect litter and illegally dumped trash throughout the city. Each 50-block face route is serviced twice a week. (Litter route map)
  • Weekly Park & Neighborhood Focuses: In addition to regular maintenance, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR), SPU, and Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will focus weekly on extensively cleaning specific parks, neighborhoods, and surrounding streets through street cleaning, pressure washing, grounds maintenance, stairway cleaning, graffiti cleaning, and trash, debris and needle collection.
  • Increased trash pick-up from encampments and RVs: In service of people living unhoused, SPR, SDOT and SPU will collect trash from encampments across the city through an expanded Purple Bag program and through on-site garbage collection.
  • Additional needle collection efforts: SPU will add 10 new needle boxes throughout the city, and the efforts above will all include needle collection from streets and park spaces. 

Weekly Snapshot January 11 - 17:

167,751 lbs. of trash removed

From 14 litter routes (serviced 2x/week), 2 RV trash pick-up locations, 43 encampment trash pick-up locations, and 2 park focus clean-ups, a total of 167,751 pounds of trash was collected.

4,058 needles removed

During trash and encampment cleanings for this time period, 4,058 discarded needles were collected.


park focus clean-ups

Amy Yee Tennis Center and Pratt Park grounds got deep cleaning: pressure washing, grounds maintenance, stairway and graffiti cleaning, and trash collection.


bags of trash

Collected from encampments through the Purple Bag program


grafitti clean-ups

Grafitti was removed from 67 structures, for a total of 4,300 square feet.

From Our Neighbors

"The Freeway Park Association team just wanted to send a quick note of appreciation for the clean up team who did so much work this week in Freeway Park. The park looks beautiful! It is so great to see the fountains free of graffiti and the broken fenced areas clean and secure."

Before and After Photos

John C. Little Park

a big pile of trash in a park a park that has been cleaned of trash

a rest room building with trash around it on the ground a rest room bulding with clean sidewalks and grounds