It takes the whole community to help keep Aurora clean. If every person, every business and every organization got involved, it would make a world of difference in beautifying the whole city.
Benefits of a clean city:
- Improves the city's image
- Helps prevent disease
- Preserves the environment
- Protects our waterways
- Attracts business
- Makes every neighborhood a better place to live
We are here to help. Take a look at the resources available to find out better ways to dispose of your garbage. Get inspired by what others are doing in the community to help keep Aurora clean, and start your own project in your own neighborhood. Together, we can make an impact.
Aurora Water rebates: Including high-efficiency toilet rebates, Xeriscape rebates and irrigation efficiency audits/rebates
Water conservation classes: Including Xeriscaping, home water assessment, vegetable gardens and more
Youth water education: Including quarterly newsletter, classroom presentations, curriculum, field trips and more
Water Tips & Tools
H2O Tracker app: Aurora Water's app tracks your water use, provides updated information for efficient lawn watering and lets you earn prizes while learning about conservation efforts (available in the App Store and Google Play Store)
Aurora Public Schools Green Stars Program Dashboard: Provides an interactive snapshot of how conservation and recycling efforts at Aurora schools are paying off in terms of electricity and water conservation, waste reduction and recycling promotion (Learn more about the Green Stars Program)
EPA Environmental Games: From the Environmental Protection Agency, enjoy fun ways to learn about recycling, conservation and protecting the environment
Look Who's Cleaning Up Around Town
Fletcher Community Garden Party
On July 14, 2016, Fletcher Community Garden at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library held a garden party attended by 32 adults, seven children and Council Member Angela Lawson. Assisted by two translators, attendees discussed Aurora's "Let's Keep It Clean" anti-litter campaign and what residents can do to keep their community clean. Among those who tend Fletcher Community Garden are refugees from Africa, Burma, Bhutan and Mexico.
Aurora Cleanup Day
On May 21, 2016, the city offered six sites throughout Aurora where residents could drop off bulky household trash that wasn't suited for residential pickup. In just three hours, 713 vehicles came to Cleanup Day sites, unloading more than 100 tons of trash in 47 dumpsters. In addition, 7,800 pounds of donations were made to Goodwill and 15,580 pounds of scrap metal were provided for recycling by Front Range Recycling.
Thank you to the many volunteers who helped make the day possible, and to the following sponsors and partners for their support: Waste Management, ConocoPhillips, Aurora Public Schools, The Home Depot and Wells Fargo.
Great Colfax Cleanup
On April 23, 2016, 30 volunteers helped clean up a stretch of East Colfax Avenue between Yosemite and Havana streets in Aurora, working at the same time that Denver volunteers worked on Colfax west of the Aurora/Denver border. They picked up garbage and cleaned signage and other public surfaces.
The Northwest Aurora Neighborhood Organization (NANO) completed its 26th annual neighborhood cleanup in 2015. This well-organized effort removes about 35 tons of trash, mattresses, furniture, yard material, appliances and more from the neighborhood. Organizations partner with the project to contribute to its success, and residents provide volunteer assistance.
City staff from Original Aurora Renewal addressed 40 students and eight instructors in two classes at Crawford Elementary School in June 2016 to discuss the city's efforts to keep Aurora clean. The students were all young refugees attending summer school through Lutheran Family Services Refugee and Asylee Programs.
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1609 Havana St., hosted its second-annual street cleanup by its congregation following the Sept. 13, 2015, services. The program cleans up 12 to 20 blocks, clearing the streets and gutters of trash and debris.
Mission Viejo Cleanup
Residents of the Mission Viejo neighborhood worked for two weekends in 2015 to beautify the perimeter of South Chambers Road from Holy Love Lutheran Church to East Nassau Drive. Mission Viejo was awarded $5,000 from the city of Aurora to beautify their neighborhood.