Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River

September 17th 2022, 9am – 12pm.

BAAB’s is once again offering free Kayaks to assist in the river cleanup call ahead to reserve a boat.

2401 Carmody Blvd. Middletown, Ohio 45042

Call 513-217-7070 to register for a free Kayak.

Sign up to volunteer on the Clean Sweep of the Great Miami website below:

2023 Earth Day Celebration!

Saturday April 22th  2023 8 am to 12 noon

It’s that time of year again! Keep Middletown Beautiful and City staff are coordinating volunteers with neighborhoods to continue the successful series of annual projects and neighborhood clean ups in Middletown.

In past years, several neighborhoods have seen major work such as professional tree trimming and removal, painting and planting. The 2023 Earth Day/Arbor Day event will focus on cleaning up city wide; neighborhood by neighborhood litter and sign painting, landscape projects, and general clean up in several parks as well as the City Building area, local school lots and the banks of the Great Miami River.

If you are a resident or business interested in tackling your neighborhood, please sign-up here or contact Jeff Michel at 513.425.7750 or email To be as safe, efficient, and prepared as possible we ask that all volunteers are signed up by April 14th. We ask that groups remain small, 6-10 people maximum with an assigned leader to coordinate with event organizers.

Gloves and garbage bags will be given to volunteers sign in at the Rathman Building the day of the event or online.  Dump trucks and dumpsters will be in strategic locations and volunteers will coordinate with City staff to have trash bags collected as they work.

Children 14 and under must be accompanied with parent or guardian.

Groups may organize before the day of the event to clean up anywhere throughout the greater Middletown area. Please contact executive director Jeff Michel at 513.425.7750 or email Please have volunteer registration sheets filled out for participating. We encourage groups to take photos of the day’s events along with group photos and ask that they be sent to We also ask that groups tally the total number of volunteers and roughly how many hours they all worked and send them to the above email as well.

For more details on the event click here!

Beautification, Education, and Recycling

Keep Middletown Beautiful is a non-profit 501-(c)3 organization that was founded by the late Della Ewalt. With over 25 years of being a Keep America Beautiful affiliate, Keep Middletown Beautiful is dedicated in its goal to provide education and services to help beautify and improve the City of Middletown. Our organization works with various government agencies, businesses, civic groups, and community volunteers to provide litter prevention and waste reduction to make sure Middletown has every opportunity to make the city one of the most beautiful in the region.

Each year, Keep Middletown Beautiful hosts two events – Earth Day and the River Clean Up – where community members and volunteers come out to pick up litter, plant trees and flowers, and provide services. These events occur at the various parks, neighborhoods, Bright Spots and Welcome Signs in Middletown, as well as along the bank of the Great Miami River. 

Working with dedicated landscaping teams that assist Keep Middletown Beautiful, volunteers get to help design, plant, and maintain projects ranging in size. These can include Bright Spot locations, the ‘Welcome to Middletown’ signs, and even the Armbruster Nature Preserve. You can decide to become a part of our “landscaper on-call” program that enlists volunteers to donate a couple of hours each month during the growing season to provide landscaping services like planting flowers.

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