By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Apr 22, 2020 at 5:01 PM

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Spring is the time when many communities organize neighborhood cleanups to pick up litter and debris that accumulated during the winter. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 health emergency, spring cleanups for 2020 have been delayed or canceled.

However, as part of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, a new Department of Neighborhood Services (DNS) and Department of Public Works (DPW) campaign encourages residents to take action in a new way: by solely focusing on cleaning up their own property via "Doorstep Cleanups."

"Doorstep Cleanups" ask residents to properly dispose of garbage in the front, back and sides of their homes / property while maintaining proper social distancing and staying in compliance with state and city orders to be Safer At Home.

Additional info about how to safely pick up litter and debris can be found at or

Residents can also "Rep your door step and your neighborhood" by posting a picture of their pickup to social media with #DoorstepCleanUp. Be sure to mention where you live and tag DPW or DNS or any of the other partners: Keep America Beautiful, Eco-City, Milwaukee County Parks, MKE Parks, Milwaukee Recycles and Milwaukee Riverkeeper.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.