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Soddy-Daisy / Hamilton County

Cleanup Challenge 2023

We are thrilled to announce our 2nd annual Cleanup Challenge, which will take place in April. The Cleanup Challenge is a yearly event that Keep Soddy-Daisy Beautiful host’s during a one-week period from April 17 – April 23. This coincides with Earth Day, which is on April 22. During that week, we ask locals to form teams and go out and pick up trash around their community. It’s a great opportunity for people to get outside, get some exercise, and do something good for their community. After the event, we will award prizes to winning teams and have a celebration to thank everyone for their hard work. We believe that this event not only helps clean up our community but also builds community spirit and pride.

Last year, the event was a great success, with 17 teams competing and nearly 500 people between them. We collected 164 bags of trash and 175 larger items such as tires from various parts of Soddy-Daisy, including Lovell Rd, Dallas Hollow, Sequoyah Access, W Ridge Trail Rd, Mountain Rd, Montlake Rd, North Chick Creek Trailhead, Lee Pike, Mt. Tabor, Frontage Rd, Dayton Pike, Durham St and Daisy Elementary campus.

Our partners last year included the City of Soddy-Daisy, Public Works and Police, TVA, Lyndhurst Foundation, and the Soddy-Daisy Fire Fighters Association.

This event is open to all residents in Hamilton County, TN and the surrounding areas. We invite you, your family, friends, school, club, church or business to compete for prizes to see which team can cleanup the most trash in Hamilton County.

Schedule of Events

  • Now: Teams are forming. Make sure and create yours.
  • April 15 – April 19: Checkout cleanup supplies from us.
  • April 17 – April 23: Go out and cleanup with your team!

Contest Rules

There’s really only a few rules.

  1. Have fun, get out there and cleanup all that nasty litter, but be safe! Read the safety guidelines BEFORE you and your team venture out to do a cleanup.
  2. In order to be eligible for the contest your team must submit documentation for each cleanup you do during the contest period, including photos (of bags and items collected and a photo of your team in the field). We also need to know WHERE to pickup the collected trash so we can dispose of it.
  3. Bags and items collected will be calculated based on size and/or weight and its solely up to the Keep Soddy-Daisy Beautiful team on how to calculate them for contest purposes.

Team Signup

Create your team online in order to be eligible to compete for prizes, get cleanup supplies, have trash picked up, etc.

Submit your cleanup

When the event starts (April 17), we will publish have a button here where you can submit your cleanup. You will need photos, team member count, location and bag count so be sure to take down those details as you do your cleanups.

Team List


Last year we had a pizza party at the municipal park. We gave out awards and prizes as well. This year we are still planning celebration details.


  1. Most Trash Collected award
    The team that collects the most overall trash will win this award and be named the champions of the 2023 Community Cleanup Challenge.
  2. The Most Trash Collected (per team member) award
    Teams can be made up of one individual or hundreds or people. In order to calculate this award, the number of bags will be divided by the number of team members.
  3. The Most Bizarre Trash Item award
    Found something ridiculous on your cleanup like a pair of duck feet slippers or a Ronald McDonald head? Take a photo and submit it for the Most Bizarre Trash item award.
  4. The Largest Trash Item award
    Found a mattress, couch or something else really large? Submit it for Largest Trash Item award.


What do I do with the trash that I bag up?

1. Put all of your bags and trash items together in a pile on the side of the road (off the road). If you are cleaning along a long portion of a road and its not realistic to gather them all into one pile, try to make two or three piles with multiple bags each. Make sure bags are tied closed as well.
2. Take one or more pictures of each pile.
3. Submit those photos and additional details here.
4. Within 24-48 hours the trash will be picked up by a partner organization and disposed of properly.

What do I do with large items that don’t fit in bags?

Don’t worry about trying to bag up large or awkward items such as tires or mattresses that don’t fit well in bags. Just set them next to one of your filled trash bags and take a picture of the item. Large items will count toward your total bag count.

How many team members can we have?

There is no limit. You can be a team of one or one hundred.

Where do I get supplies such as trash bags, gloves and safety vests?

We will provide these items to your team before the event.

What do I do with any recyclables?

Throw them away. Most litter that we find has degraded or has liquid/dirt/food etc and cannot be recycled.

Sponsors and Donations

We need the support of sponsors to help cover the costs associated with the Cleanup Challenge. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please reach out to me directly, or visit the following page for more information.

Sponsor the Cleanup Challenge

If you would just like to provide a donation to help cover costs, we appreciate it and you can do so right here:

Donate to the Cleanup Challenge

Challenge a friend, business, church, school or your local government!

Print one of the flyers below.

Press Release

Coming soon!