Tuesday afternoon, officials with the city’s Environmental Services Department (ESD) announced the suspension of the Great American Cleanup that is held annually in the spring.
ESD officials said the suspension was in the interest of promoting social distancing and limiting in-person interactions due to COVID-19.
“We value these community beautification events and are looking forward to collaborating with all our partners to resuming cleanups as soon as it’s safe to do so,” said City of El Paso Managing Director Ellen Smyth.
ESD along with the city’s Community Development Department team up with residents and community groups to coordinate two citywide cleanups each year.
One event is hosted in the spring and the other in the fall.
Organizers share that these beautification events aim to unite residents, community organizations and city staff to keep our neighborhoods clean, safe, healthy and educate the public about the proper disposal of waste.
During these large-scale cleanup events residents are provided with multiple locations citywide where they can dispose of extra household waste and large or bulky items such as mattresses, furniture, or yard waste.