Keep Owasso Clean

KOC LogoAs residents of our community, it is our responsibility to come together to educate and encourage a behavior of not littering. 

Keep Owasso Clean was developed through a partnership with Owasso Strong Neighborhood Initiative (OSNI) and Owasso Girl Scout Troop 661. The Girl Scouts saw an opportunity to work with OSNI to educate residents the negative impact that litter has on our community and to promote Owasso as a litter-free community.

Keep Owasso Clean is a volunteer program that allows n
eighbors, families and groups to join our efforts to keep our community clean by helping with litter pickup and encouraging a behavior of not littering our community. 

Keep Owasso Clean is a monthly volunteer event on the first or second Saturday (weather permitting). Volunteers gather at 9:00 am at City Hall to receive their assigned area and supplies for picking up litter.

*July and August start times will be 8:30 am
** Beginning July, new City Hall location will be 200 S. Main

2016 Keep Owasso Clean Scheduled Dates


Saturday  March 12th           Saturday June 11th                   Saturday September 10th 

Saturday  April 9th                Saturday July 9th                      Saturday October 8th

Saturday  May 14th               Saturday August 13th               Saturday November 12th


For information or to volunteer, please contact the OSNI Neighborhood Coordinator.

Litter Effects

Litter hurts everyone and everything, from humans to animals; from the earth to the environment; from the water to the skies. Our health and safety can be threatened by litter, whether it be a fire hazard, open containers housing stagnant water for mosquitoes, or broken glass in the path of humans or animals. Removing litter left by careless behaviors cost all of us in time and money for it to be picked up and disposed of properly. Litter affects the pride of a community and reduces property values. Clean communities have a better chance of  attracting new residents and businesses than those where litter is common.  

Most Common Littered Items

  • Cigarette butts/tobacco containers
  • Plastic bottles
  • Beverage cans
  • Banana peel/apple core/orange peel

Litter Decomposition Times

  • Cigarette butts - 18 months to 10 years
  • Plastic bottles - 450 years
  • Beverage cans - 200+ years
  • Banana peel - 3 to 4 weeks

Litter Behavior Change-What YOU Can Do



  • Chose not to litter; set an example for others
  • Teach kids the value of a clean environment
  • See litter, pick it up and dispose of it properly
  • Carry a litter bag in your vehicle or on your bicycle
  • Take care of your neighborhood, street, block, and curb
  • If you smoke, never throw your cigarette butts on the ground
  • Make sure trash can lids fit securely to prevent litter blowing away
  • Never throw trash out of your vehicle; secure loads and remove trash                         from the back of your truck
  • Be community minded; get involved in a community clean up

Take an active part to make our community
  a better, cleaner place to live.

Let's Keep Owasso Clean