Fort Worth Wins First North Texas Community Cleanup Challenge – Welcome to the City of Fort Worth

Posted on January 19, 2022

The North Texas Community Cleanup Challenge was a friendly competition hosted by the North Central Texas Council of Governments that encouraged communities to see who can pick up the most trash per resident. The competition ran from September to October 2021.

The City of Fort Worth and Keep Fort Worth Beautiful were the big winners with 1,562 volunteers contributing 2,568 hours to the challenge. The challenge invited communities, churches, scouts, businesses and passionate residents to organize litter cleanup events.

“I’ve yet to meet a person who claims to love trash,” said Brandon Bennett, code compliance manager for the city of Fort Worth. “It’s so amazing when I see the commitment of volunteers in our community. They generously give their time to Keep Fort Worth Beautiful to help make Fort Worth cleaner. I want to congratulate and thank everyone who has such a passion for keeping our city one of the most livable – and beautiful – in the country.

Winning stats:

  • Volunteers removed 31,292 pounds of debris.
  • 110 community groups participated.
  • There were 35 cleanup events held.
  • The Poly Environment Group organized the largest cleanup event, with 129 volunteers.
  • Jose Garcia was the person who led 21 cleanup activities and removed 640 pounds of debris.

Winning the inaugural event means Fort Worth will be the first city to receive the challenge trophy, which will pass from community to community in years to come. Fort Worth plans to retain this award by continuing to show its residents great pride in keeping their city clean and beautiful.

To arrange a cleanup, visit the Keep Fort Worth Beautiful webpage.

Photo: Celebrate the Results of the North Texas Community Cleanup Challenge are Keep Fort Worth Beautiful’s (left to right) Brenda Garcia, Mashaal Atif and Avery Pesek, with Carolyn Horner of the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

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