Clean Up Grand Island - This weekend!

REMINDER: This weekend!

On Saturday, June 13th, from 9am until noon, Grand Island residents are encouraged to mobilize their family members and pitch in to clean up their neighborhood or a surrounding property.

This Island-Wide “Clean-up Initiative” encourages residents to mobilize within their neighborhoods to clean up trash as part of an effort to further beautify our community.  The event is rain or shine.

The Initiative grew from the online posts of resident Debbie Whalen, who began her personal crusade of picking up trash along East River and the DEC Spicer Creek Park during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Other Grand Islanders also began their own journeys by doing the same.  Highway Superintendent Dick Crawford, Councilman Jenn Baney and Debbie Whalen brainstormed this initiative to include all Grand Island businesses and Island residents, with the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, Grand Island Rotary and The Grand Island Lions Club all stepping up to assist.

    During this time, residents are encouraged to clean their homes and yards and dispose of excess trash, passenger car tires, and any items that could hold water and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Volunteers will be needed for some additional clean-up areas that have been identified and are listed below, as well as on the Town of Grand Island Website and Facebook page.

    Underage volunteers must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are encouraged to wear proper attire (gloves, work boots), sunscreen, insect repellent and stay hydrated. Wear a mask if social distancing cannot be accomplished. Due to the wet spring and tall grass areas, we encourage all to be very mindful of ticks.


    If you have any questions, please contact Dick Crawford, Highway Superintendent, at 716-773-9632 or Jennifer Baney, Town Councilwoman, at 716-622-9006. Send in your photos of your family clean-up to rdiehl@grand-island.ny.us, if you would like them shared on social media. Refunds from cans or bottles found and returned to the Highway Department, with proceeds donated to The Grand Island Neighbors Foundation.

 Safety Rules & Guidelines for Trash Clean-up
All volunteers are encouraged to follow the following guidelines;

  • Wear bright colors or Safety Vest
  • Wear clothing that covers arms and legs
  • Wear closed-toed shoes or boots
  • Wear clothing that will not divert attention of motorists during clean-up
  • Wear clothing that will not impair vision or movement during clean-up
  • Stay at least five feet from the edge of the road
  • Obey all safety rules and guidelines
  • Face oncoming traffic when picking up litter and look up often to ensure that no vehicle is encroaching your work area
  • Stay well clear of any construction
  • Drink plenty of fluids-take breaks-avoid overexertion
  • Be alert for snakes, stinging insects, poisonous plants and ticks
  • Avoid contact with noxious weeds and areas where herbicides were applies
  • Use proper lifting and bending techniques
  • DO NOT pick-up what appears to be hazardous materials, medical waste  or any type of container with unknown contents, Call Richard Crawford- Highway Superintendent at 716-818-6992

Additional locations needing attention:
Whitehaven Road Harvey to E. River
Lot next to 2436 E. River
Base of both bridges
Ferry Rd Between E. River and Parkway
Bush Rd Between Parkway and Baseline
Love Rd Between Parkway and Baseline
2323 Love Road to Parkway
2627 Love Road (empty Lot)
2940 Bedell to W. River
Bedell at GI Blvd
Ransom Rd from Baseline to 1364 Ransom.
Ransom Rd Lots at 870 and 769
Staley Road from Stony Point Rd to just short of Thermo Fisher
Tim Hortons/Wendy's around back and by drive through
Burger King around back
Clear drain grates on Whitehaven Road
Empty Lot next to 1939 GI Blvd