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Keep it Pretty Rose City Pilot Project


In partnership with Green Lents, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is piloting the Keep it Pretty Rose City (KPRC) toolkit aimed to guide community members in leading successful small- and medium-sized litter cleanups. The purpose of this pilot is to test the effectiveness and usability of the Keep it Pretty Rose City toolkit in advance of its Citywide implementation.

Do you have questions about the Keep it Pretty Rose City toolkit? Email us.

This toolkit was created by BPS to help you easily navigate the litter cleanup process from start to finish. It will provide key components of planning a litter cleanup including the templates, checklists, scripts and resources you need to be successful leading a small to medium-sized litter cleanup event.

This toolkit aims to fill the need for an easy-to-use litter cleanup tool tailored for neighbors and residents interested in enhancing their communities.

It was informed by findings on littering behavior from the national organization Keep America Beautiful, and from a local focus group of Portland residents and a survey of the seven Portland neighborhood coalition offices.

According to the Keep America Beautiful report, Littering Behavior in America (2009), while most people observed in the study disposed of trash in appropriate receptacles, nearly 17 percent of discarded items ended up as litter. And 81 percent of these acts were observed by researchers to be intentional and were primarily credited to pedestrians in business areas.

The goal of Keep it Pretty Rose City is to empower Portlanders to take initiative in enhancing their communities. This toolkit will provide you with clear steps in leading a successful litter cleanup.


Step by step guide for small- to medium-sized litter cleanups


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