City, community groups and business partners launch recruitment drive for Motor City Makeover

  • Citywide annual cleanup and beautification effort scheduled for May 4, 11 & 18

  • City also promotes beautification and recycling

The City of Detroit Department of Neighborhoods, community and business partners today kicked off Motor City Makeover, the City’s annual cleanup and beautification effort, with a renewed emphasis on beautification and recycling. Volunteers can sign up at, or by calling 313-224-4415.

Motor City Makeover

The City called on residents, community organizations, business owners and students to join the effort to clean and beautify the city during the first three Saturdays in May at a news conference at Clark Park, 1130 Clark Avenue. This year, Motor City Makeover will take place in Districts 1 and 2 on May 4; in Districts 3, 4, and 5 on May 11; and in Districts 6 and 7 on May 18.

In addition to the citywide cleanup in May, the City will focus on:

June - Flower Planting and Beautification Efforts
The Department of Neighborhoods, in partnership with Keep Detroit Beautiful, will give away about 1500 flats of flowers to registered community groups.

Summer/Fall - Cleanup Efforts with Community Groups
The City will provide bags and gloves and arrange for pickup of debris for groups with cleanup projects outside of May.

Ongoing - Board-ups
The City will continue to provide boards for community groups boarding up vacant homes throughout the year

Ongoing - Promoting Recycling
The Department of Public Works will provide a free recycling container to residents who attend a recycling workshop or take the recycling quiz on the City’s Web site at

"Over the past several years we've made great progress making our city cleaner and more beautiful and a big part of that has been the Motor City Makeover partnership between the City, volunteers and sponsors," said Mayor Mike Duggan. "Every year our city looks better, and I want to remind residents and businesses that we still need their help to maintain the momentum."


For this year’s campaign, the City already has raised $37,500 in cash donations and $46,500 worth of in-kind donations from area companies. The top sponsors for this year are Advanced Disposal, Calo and Sons Construction Inc., and Major Cement Company.

“Motor City Makeover showcases the outstanding love and sentiments for service that so many have for Detroit. Advanced Disposal proudly employs many Detroiters and long-time Detroit employees. Once again, we’re delighted to be a partner and sponsor of the citywide volunteer cleanup and beautification initiative,” said Terry Schweitzer, General Manager. “We appreciate the City’s leadership with Motor City Makeover and our partnership to provide collection services every day to keep Detroit clean, safe and healthy.”

"Calo and Sons Construction Inc. is honored to be able to be a part of this important community initiative for the second year in a row. After our participation last year, we were so inspired with all the efforts for Motor City Makeover that we wanted to make sure this year we contributed in a bigger more impactful way to the community,” said Tony Calo, CEO and President Calo & Sons Construction, Inc. “With the assistance of Mayor Duggan's administration we are so excited and proud to be back in Detroit developing a new facility, Greenfield Supply Center, that will create 50 new jobs, and keep us connected to the community for years to come."

“Major Cement Company is honored to be a sponsor of the 2019 Motor City Makeover. We have proudly been headquartered in the City of Detroit for forty years and many of our employees are Detroit residents,” said Dan Scappaticci, Vice President of Operations. “This event gives us and our employees an opportunity to give back to our community and the city we love. It's always a pleasure to participate in the cleanup and beatification of the great City of Detroit.

Other sponsors include: Alta Equipment, Bell Equipment, DMC Sinai Grace, Maroun Enterprises, Meijer, Rickman Enterprises, TMC Alliance LLC and UAW Region 1-A CAP.

The City is receiving in-kind donations from GFL Environmental USA, Homrich Wrecking, Republic Services of Michigan, and The Professional Group.

Any organization or company that would like to donate to Motor City Makeover should call (313) 224-3400.


  • Individual Volunteers – 9969
  • Tons of Trash Collected – 3258
  • Number of Locations Cleaned – 525


Individuals and community groups must register with the City of Detroit Department of Neighborhoods (DON) in order to receive a limited supply of bags and gloves, as well as information regarding special pickups of brush, tires, bagged litter and roll-off containers. Debris will only be collected from pre-established locations.

Individuals and groups are encouraged to:

  • Register online at or call (313) 224-4415 to join the effort.
  • Clean around their neighborhood, business, house of worship, or school on their designated Saturday.
  • Organize their neighbors, members or employees for a massive cleanup or to board up vacant homes. Volunteers can indicate where they will clean or do board-ups when registering or call (313) 224-4415 for a location.
  • Beautify their area by planting flowers, plants, or trees, or by removing graffiti, etc.

The scheduled cleanup dates are as follows:

Saturday, May 4

District 1 - Crowell Recreation Center, 16630 Lahser

District 2 - Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers


Saturday, May 11

District 3 - Farwell Recreation Center, 2781 E. Outer Drive

District 4 - Samaritan Center, 5555 Conner

District 5 – Williams Recreation Center, 8431 Rosa Parks Blvd.


Saturday, May 18

District 6 - Patton Recreation Center, 2301 Woodmere

District 7 - Adams Butzel Recreation Complex, 10500 Lyndon

In addition, volunteers may take bagged litter to any of the drop-off locations listed below, which will be open on the three Saturday cleanup dates.

Bulk Drop-Off Locations: Limit is one cubic yard or 1,000 pounds

  • Davison Yard - 8221 West Davison, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Southfield Yard - 12255 Southfield Road, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fons Transfer Station - 6451 E. McNichols, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.