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Volunteer Opportunities
If you are interested in protecting our natural resources, get involved in our public education programs. You, your community or school group can participate in stream-bank litter cleanups, invasive plant removal & many other activities that promote awareness & appreciation of our natural waterways.

2020 Fall Reservoir Litter Clean-ups Are Self-Guided

2020 Fall Reservoir Litter Clean-ups Are Self-Guided September 19th - October 4th, volunteers are invited to pick up litter along the shorelines of Hoover, O’Shaughnessy and Griggs Reservoirs. Trash bags are available for contact-free pick up, or provide your own. Leave filled bags next to a green park trash can; Watershed Management will collect them. To learn more and get started, please contact Columbus Watershed Management at 614-645-1721 or email - learn more

Plan Your Own Litter Cleanup

Plan Your Own Litter Cleanup Want to plan your own neighborhood litter cleanup? For planning assistance and supplies, Columbus residents should contact:  Keep Columbus Beautiful at 645-8027. KCB can provide litter grabbers, safety vests, bags & other tools; they offer an Adopt-an-Area program and graffiti cleanup too. Visit the KCB page at Columbus Refuse.  - learn more

National Take Back Day - April 27, 2021

National Take Back Day - April 27, 2021 April 27, 2021 is National Take Back day. Visit for locations. Franklin County is fortunate to be home to several permanent drug drop-off locations too.  - learn more

Storm Drain Marker Program

Storm Drain Marker Program Summer & fall offer perfect weather for this volunteer opportunity to raise awareness that dumping waste into storm drains contributes to water pollution & endangers wildlife. Decals, adhesive & instruction is provided for volunteers to apply on curbs near storm drain inlets - perfect for individuals or groups. - learn more

Volunteers Are Needed Year-Round by Local Watersheds

Volunteers Are Needed Year-Round by Local Watersheds Local watershed groups plan year-round events and other ways to participate in keeping our waterways clean, including streambank litter cleanups, invasive plant removal & more. 

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    Keep It Clean

    Keep It Clean Prevent water pollution through everyday living with simple tips to keep our water clean. Simple steps you can take at home such as: disposal of household hazardous waste, yard waste (including pet waste) and cooking grease; making simple lawn care choices; reducing stormwater runoff; maintaining cars & driveways properly; litter clean-ups & more. - learn more

    Start a Community Garden

    Start a Community Garden A community garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people. They provide fresh produce and plants as well as satisfying labor, exercise, neighborhood improvement, sense of community and connection to the environment.
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    Participate in a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program

    Participate in a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program Household hazardous wastes are materials used in the home that can cause injury or are harmful if disposed of improperly. Never dump these items into a storm drain, open waterway or ditch. Learn how to dispose of such items properly - there are many free drop-off locations offered by the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO). - learn more

    Put Rainwater to Use

    Put Rainwater to Use Rain gardens and rain barrels put rainfall to use, reducing the need for irrigation. Save money while protecting our water supply. Residents of the City of Columbus who have signed up as GreenSpot members are invited to buy a deeply discounted rain barrel, while supplies last. 
    Join the GreenSpot Program; it's easy.
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