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Clean Neighborhoods

Busy Roads & Waterways

Program Overview

Have you seen Keep Indianapolis Beautiful trucks and trailers out on the road and a crew of fine people collecting litter in brightly colored vests? Then you’ve met our Keep Indianapolis Beautiful & Keys2Work Clean Team!

The team is out and about each weekday, collecting litter along 20 busy thoroughfares. These streets have such heavy traffic or high speeds that it would be unsafe for someone to collect litter on their own. With trucks, collection trailers, and flashing arrow sign boards to keep the crews safe, the team got to work in January 2023. In their first two weeks, the Clean Team collected over 1 ton of litter, and they’re just getting started!

We are also engaging businesses along these thoroughfares through our Adopt-A-Block program. With our Clean Team coming through periodically and businesses doing their part to keep their blocks clean, we will significantly reduce litter and enjoy cleaner streets.

This work is possible due to a $3.78 million grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., which funds this program through 2025, along with litter reduction along waterways and community engagement.

Program Details

Keys2Work helps homeless and justice-involved citizens successfully transition into the workforce through employment assistance, workforce certifications, workplace mentoring, and job placement services. Since 1996, they have helped more than 10,000 people secure employment. Read more at keys2.org.


What roads are on the list?

  1. Raymond Street between Harding St and Southeastern Ave (approx. 10.53 miles)
  1. 38th Street between Eagle Creek Prkwy to N Carroll Rd (approx. 18.07 miles)
  1. Keystone Ave, 4.6 m, N to S: 62nd St to 24th St
  1. 86th Street, 3.23 m, W to E: Springmill Rd to N River Crossing Blvd
  1. Fall Creek Parkway, 3.7 m, W to E: Senate Blvd/Highland Pl to Keystone Ave
  1. Central Ave, 5.94 m, N to S: Westfield Blvd to E 10th St
  1. Capitol Ave, 5.35 m, N to S: Westfield Blvd to North St
  1. 25th Street, 2.88 m, W to E: Meridian St to N Sherman Dr
  1. Brookside Parkway South Drive , 1.30 m, W to E: Jefferson Ave to N Sherman Dr
  1. Michigan Street, 3.78 m, W to E: East St to E Pleasant Run Parkway South
  1. New York Street, 3.56 m, W to E: East St to Emerson Ave
  1. Massachusetts Avenue, 1.79 m, W to E: 10th St to N Dearborn St
  1. Concord Street, 1.08 m, N to S: 16th St to W Vermont St
  1. Kentucky Avenue , 0.93 m, W to E: Morris St to South St
  1. English Avenue , 3.45 m, W to E: Calvary St to Brookville Rd
  1. State Avenue , 3.23 m, N to S: Michigan St to E Gimber St
  1. Shelby Street, 4.56 m, N to S: Southeastern Ave to Lawrence Ave
  1. East Street, 1.66 m, N to S: South St to Raymond St
  1. Kentucky Avenue , 0.93 m, W to E: Morris St to South St
  1. Harding Street, 4.68 m, N to S: Oliver Ave to Thompson Rd

There is litter on a street near me. Can the Clean Team help?

For now, our focus is on the 20 thoroughfares in the map shown above. We know that littered areas outside of these streets would also benefit from increased attention, but we are concentrating on these roadways to maximize our impact.

We encourage anyone with a concern over heavy litter or illegal dumping in an area to report it to the Mayor’s Action Center (MAC). The MAC can connect concerns with litter cleanup resources, and they send us the data we use to identify litter hot spots in Indianapolis. Reports can be filed with the MAC by phone at (317) 327-4622, online through the RequestIndy website, or by downloading the RequestIndy app from your phone’s app store.