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Community Cleanup Safety Guidelines

We want everyone to have fun and be safe during the community cleanup challenge. Please read these safety tips before picking up litter:

  • Do wear gloves (latex, work gloves, or cotton gloves).
  • Do wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather.
  • Do wear bright-colored clothing or a safety vest to be visible by traffic.
  • Do face oncoming traffic when on the street and look up often to monitor approaching vehicles. In a group, designate someone to be a spotter or set up safety cones.
  • Do provide proper adult supervision for children at all times. We do not recommend young children participate near or on the street.
  • Do NOT overfill or compact bags. Injuries from jagged or broken items may occur.
  • Do call your local police or sheriffs office for assistance. They should be able to send an officer to your cleanup location to help monitor and slow down traffic.

    1. Soddy-Daisy Police: (423) 332-3577
    2. Hamilton County Sheriff’s office: (423) 209-7000
    3. Chattanooga Police: (423) 698-2525

DO NOT pick up the following items, call 3-1-1 to report:

  • Sharp objects
  • Needles and syringes
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Abandoned barrels
  • Chemical containers
  • Unidentifiable containers
  • Bulging or dented containers
  • Containers leaking unknown substances
  • Propane cylinders
  • Gas cans, oil or antifreeze
  • Paint cans
  • Pesticide or herbicide containers
  • Automotive batteries
  • Weapons
  • Narcotics
  • Dead animals