Fourth Annual Litter League Season Kick-Off

Friday, May 03, 2024

The City of Toledo, Lucas County, Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful and community partners kicked off the fourth annual season of Litter League, a community-wide effort to clean up Toledo and the rest of Lucas County, as well as promote environmental sustainability.

Last season, we saw 26 teams compete during the season. They completed 136 cleanups and removed almost 30,000 pounds of litter from our streets, neighborhoods, and parks. This year, Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful hopes to collect even more!

“Taking care of our environment and protecting our resources starts with cleaning up litter on our streets, waterways, and in our parks,” Mayor Kapszukiewicz said.

“There is a generosity of spirit in this community where people want to give back. Toledo and Lucas County residents can do their part by joining a team and participating in this fun and competitive event.”

Back this year will be a competition with our friends in Columbus to see which city can collect the most litter, and new to the game is Youngstown, who will also be competing with us.

Litter League’s “opening day” is on June 1st and runs through Wednesday, August 31st.

Each team must have a captain, team name, and a roster of no more than 20 players. Any player under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other responsible adult. Teams must identify in which zip code they will be collecting litter, and each player must complete a liability waiver.

All teams must register their litter cleanups with Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful in advance. Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful will provide each team with equipment that includes safety vests, gloves, litter grabbers, and trash bags. Team captains are responsible for submitting a score sheet to report statistics after each cleanup.

Teams will score one run for every full bag of litter collected. Tires and bulk items will not be included in scoring and cannot be collected during Litter League. If bulky items are found during cleanups, these should be reported on the Toledo Litter League website separately, and Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful will coordinate removal.

Kid Mayor Lilly Joseph hit the field to announce that her school, Meadowvale Elementary School, will have a team in this season’s Litter League.

“Keeping our city clean is important because litter and trash on the ground can hurt animals, plants, and even people,” Joseph said. “Plus, nobody likes to see trash everywhere, right?”

To learn more about the Litter League season and how you can get involved, visit