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City Manager’s 1-Bag Challenge Community Event scheduled for Friday, April 19 at Noon

City Manager’s 1-Bag Challenge Community Event scheduled for Friday, April 19 at Noon

April 17, 2024

Each year, the City of Cedar Rapids Solid Waste & Recycling division undertakes concentrated efforts to remove litter from City streets, parks, and Interstate 380. This effort is in addition to a variety of annual “spring cleaning” work by multiple City departments to enhance the City Manager’s 1-Bag Challenge program, reducing pollution and improving beauty across our community.

Upcoming efforts include street sweeping work by the Public Works Department to clear roadways of leftover sand and debris from winter snow fighting efforts and the City Manager’s 1-Bag Challenge asking residents to collect one bag of litter each year.

“Residents can take pride in Cedar Rapids’ clean, friendly, and inviting neighborhoods,” said City Manager Jeff Pomeranz. “There is never a day off in the fight against litter. I hope residents will be inspired by the work underway and consider pitching in by taking my 1-Bag Challenge.”

City Manager’s 1-Bag Challenge Community Event

WHAT:          Litter removal from Daniels Park. City staff and community members will work within Daniels Park clearing grassy areas of litter and debris. Participants will be given 1-Bag Challenge kits as well as snacks and refreshments.

WHEN:          Friday, April 19, 2024 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

City Manager Jeff Pomeranz challenges residents to join the City’s efforts to take climate action! The City Manger’s 1-Bag Challenge began in 2012. The challenge has inspired many residents to clean up one bag of litter each year — to the tune of over 37,000 bags collected since the program’s inception. Residents can participate in this year’s Community City Manager’s 1-Bag Challenge on April 19th starting at 12 p.m. Can’t make it? Pick up a 1-Bag Challenge kit (a special litter-collection bag and pair of gloves) from locations all over town.

Can’t make it April 19th? Where to pick up a kit:

Mint green bags are already available for pickup at the locations listed below:

  • Designated Hy-Vee Food or Drug Stores in Cedar Rapids (available behind the Customer Service counter)
    • 4035 Mt Vernon Rd SE
    • 279 Collins Rd NE
    • 505 Boyson Rd NE
    • 2001 Blairs Ferry Rd NE
    • 3235 Oakland Rd NE
    • 4825 Johnson Ave NW
    • 1843 Johnson Ave NW
    • 5050 Edgewood Rd NE
    • 20 Wilson Ave SW
  • NewBo City Market (1100 3rd St SE)
  • Cedar Rapids Public Library Locations
    • Downtown Library (450 5th Ave SE)
    • Ladd Library (3750 Williams Blvd SW)

How the program works:

  1. Pick up a litter-collection kit at a designated location, then
  2. Fill the bag with litter you find around your neighborhood, place of work, or wherever you see the need, and finally
  3. Residents can set a full mint-green challenge bag beside their GARBY cart on their normal garbage collection day. The special bags do not require an extra $1.50 sticker. For those without a GARBY cart, handle the bag like you would a normal bag of trash.

Additional 1-Bag Challenge program details can be found at CityofCR.com/1Bag. Parties interested in adopting a road or completing the 1-Bag Challenge as a group are encouraged to fill out the form on that page.

Let the City know of a neighborhood concern at CityofCR.com/MyCR or through the City’s mobile app, Mobile CR.


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