2012 20 Minute Cleanup Results

August 1, 2014
Elissa Reineck

Well Howard County, you’ve amazed me again.  The 2012 20 Minute Cleanup had over 2300 participants!  They are over-used these days, but I think that deserves some extra exclamation points.  All I can say is wow.  And thank you.

Thank you for not being the only crazy one out there picking up other people’s litter.  Thank you for getting outside and taking action.  Thank you for participating, motivating others, and making a difference.  Thank you for re-energizing us government workers, who sometimes see the less happy side of our wonderful residents.

The 20 Minute Cleanup is a very simple idea, which we borrowed from a project in Toronto called the 20 Minute Makeover.  That sounded confusing to me, hope I’m not the only one.  The Howard County project is very low cost – the County doesn’t provide any materials or extra trash or recycling pickups.  We promote it electronically and haven’t printed fliers since the first one in 2010.  I think the idea is starting to get some real traction as I’ve seen more people know about it, and more groups, particularly schools, embrace it as an easy and effective project.

Thank you all for making Howard County cleaner and greener.  By working together, we made our neighborhoods more beautiful and less trash will end up in our streams, rivers and the Bay.

Here is the list of the 2012 participants.  Thanks for all the pictures of your cleanups.  They are up on our Flikr page.  Great job everybody!


Allen & Shariff Engineering
First Finish, Inc.
Straughan Environmental, Inc

Individuals and Families:

Barbara Graham
Bussey Family
Carol and Steve Yanek
Ellen and Jim Billeter
Gauert Family
Guarin Family
Kathie and Ralph Lillie
Loraine Family
Lyons Family
Mark and Shelley Sweeney
McCready Family
Rager Family
Rie Family
Ron LeClare
Smith Family
Strickland Family


Ashleigh Knoll Resident
Brantwood Neighborhood
Governor’s Grant Neighbors
Linwood Neighborhood, Ellicott City
Spring Breeze Community Association
Team Landing

Youth Groups:

Cub Scout Pack 793
Cub Scout Pack 794 Den 1
Cub Scout Pack 794, Den 6
Daisy Troop 1928
Girl Scout Troop 311
SAC Galaxy United soccer team
SAC Red Bulls soccer team


Atholton Elementary School
Clarksville Middle School
Dunloggin Middle School
Laurel Woods Elementary School
Northfield Elementary School
Pointers  Run Elementary School
Rockburn Elementary School
Stevens Forest Elementary School
Veterans Elementary School
Waverly Elementary School

Howard County Government:

Bureau of Environmental Services
D.I.L.P. Inspections and Enforcement Division
DCA Central Fleet
Department of Planning and Zoning
Department of Public Works, Director’s Office
Dorsey Building – South Team
Elkridge Senior Center
Fire and Rescue Engine 22 and Paramedic 26
Fire Station 1
Fire Station 10
Fire Station 11
Fire Station 3B
Fire Station 5
Fire Station 6B
Fire Station 9
Fire Station 8B and EMS 2B
Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center
Howard County employees, Ellicott City campus
Howard County Police Department
Meadowbrook Athletic Complex & Park
Office of Consumer Affairs
Office of Human Resources
Office of Human Rights
The Green Ladies of DTCS

I’m sure there are more of you out there, so if you would like to be included in the list and totals, please send an email to 20minutecleanup@howardcountymd.gov .

See you again next year,

Elissa Reineck
Office of Environmental Sustainability