Make Ottumwa Shine

Make Ottumwa Shine 2016 Spring Clean Up Week will be April 24-30.

During Make Ottumwa Shine Week, volunteers are asked to adopt areas of the city that need sprucing up. Grime fighters wanting to pitch in can get special purple litter bags to collect litter – in an adopted areas or just along the streets in their own block. The special purple bags can be placed on the curb once they’re filled and are collected with the regular trash.

A complete list of areas to be adopted is available RIGHT HERE!

Individuals or groups wanting to take on an area can call 641-683-0685 to adopt it. Free cleanup bags and gloves are available at the Recycling Center at 2415 Emma Street, just off highway 34 East, across the highway from Cargill Meat Solutions or at the City of Ottumwa Health Department, Room 204 on the second floor of City Hall, 105 E. Third.

Our famous Purple trash bags are available at the Recycling Center and City Hall year round if you feel need to clean up someplace in town.   We supply purple trash bags and gloves – families, organizations, neighborhood groups and businesses all pitch in to SHINE UP an area.  When the purple bags are filled, call 641-683-0685 and the bags will be collected.

Keeping the business districts in Ottumwa clean is vital to Making Ottumwa Shine. These areas of our community are the most visited by Ottumwans, and our out of town guests.   We are asking property owners to help all year by picking up cigarette butts and other small trash, pulling weeds from sidewalks and green spaces, and keeping sidewalks and curbs swept and clear of debris.    See our call to action flyer.

Make Ottumwa Shine Week was held April 26 to May 2.   Volunteers from around the community rolled up their sleeves, adopted clean up sites and pitched in to make Ottumwa a cleaner place.   Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make the Make Ottumwa Shine Clean Up Week a success.   Over 60 volunteers adopted 25 areas around the city and made them shine!   In addition we held mini-clean up events in October and November.

Together these folks we have made Ottumwa a cleaner place –  Amy & Connie Hazelwood ~ Bob Taylor ~ Vickie from Burger King ~ Dave Cecil ~ Jennifer Findley ~ John & Sylvia Hunolt ~ Juanita Zavala ~ Matt & Melanie Dalbey ~ Noon Lions ~ Michael Schafer ~ Mike Gullett ~ Nancy Emanuel ~ The Bishop Family ~ The Frisbie Family ~ The Hanson Family ~ The Stokes Family ~ Davis Street Christian Church Youth Group ~ AARP ~ Al Exito Latino Mentoring Program ~ Albia Road Baptist Church ~ Douma School Students ~ First Resources ~ Girl Scout Troops 912/1038 ~ Gooden Family Chiropractic Clinic ~ Hampton Inn Employees ~ Horace Mann 5th Grade ~ IHCC ~ John Deere Employees ~ Lighthouse Plaza ~ McCune and Reed ~ ORHC Admin, HR and Marketing ~ QSI ~ Schumacher Elevator ~ SIEDA Community Action Group ~ South Ottumwa Savings Bank ~ TPA ~ Trinity Lutheran Church ~ Job Corps.





Shine On!

Make Ottumwa Shine is a volunteer driven community clean up program. Our mission is to empower Ottumwans to make our community clean and attractive.

We fight litter and urban blight one purple trash bag at a time. Many of our volunteers make fighting litter a year-round activity in their own neighborhood.

If you have an area you want to adopt - a street, park, trail, or stream, call us at
We can help with materials and resources.