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In The News | June 06, 1999

CleanScapes wins Mayor's Small Business Award

Check out this article about when we won the Small Business Award in Seattle...


There's nothing glamorous about picking up trash or cleaning up human waste in the streets and alleys of Pioneer Square.


But someone has to do it. That someone is CleanScapes, a winner of one of the 1999 Mayor's Small Business awards.


Pioneer Square resident Chris Martin started CleanScapes in January 1997 as a public/private partnership with the Pioneer Square Community Council, with two ideas in mind: To make the neighborhood a cleaner and safer place and to provide employment opportunities to those living in neighborhood shelters.


Continue reading at the Puget Sound Business Journal

In The News | October 13, 2004

Cleaning up city, bin by bin

Check out this article about our cleanup efforts in Seattle...


Now that Chris Martin has gotten rid of most of the foul-smelling, rat-infested Dumpsters in Pioneer Square, he's setting his sights on Capitol Hill.


Strolling through one of the few alleys in Pioneer Square that still has Dumpsters the other day, he said his quest began about seven years ago. He was an account manager for an ad agency back then, and he lived in a condo in Pioneer Square that faced an alley with Dumpsters.


Continue reading at the Seattle PI

In The News | October 14, 2004

One Man's Cleanup Campaign

Check out this article about our founder's quest for clean streets...


Have you walked down a back alley lately? You might be surprised to find many of Seattle's dirtiest alleys are nearly spotless these days.


All because one man stepped in where the city feared to tread.


Chris Martin is president of CleanScapes, a for-profit trash collection company dedicated to ridding city alleys of dumpsters and the problems they cause.


Continue reading at Komo TV

In The News | September 15, 2002

Martin hires those who share fundamental moral values

Check out this article about our founder, Chris Martin...


Chris Martin will be the first to admit that he's wrong a lot. And he'll be the first to say that he doesn't mind making mistakes. It's a good way to learn, he said.


Martin is president of CleanScapes, which provides street maintenance and cleanup services while offering employment opportunities for men and women in Seattle's social services network.


Continue reading at the Puget Sound Business Journal

In The News | September 26, 2007

In the Future, Your Recycling Will Be Monitored and Dumpsters Will Be Trashed

Check out this article about our cleanup efforts in Seattle...


Chris Martin is busting open garbage bags in a Georgetown lot—three days' worth of accumulated waste from two downtown office buildings. He won't say which buildings they are. That's because (a) the tenants are mostly environmental advocacy groups, and (b) the results of this "garbage audit" are not going to be pretty.


Martin and his crew dump the contents on the ground, forming heaps of banana peels, coffee cups, energy-bar wrappers, McDonald's packaging, plastic bags, water bottles, bunched-up paper, and other by-products of office life. They sort through it all with rakes and hands, separating out the recyclables from the true trash—that is, doing what the tenants should have done in the first place.


Continue reading at Seattle Weekly

In The News | August 25, 2008

Hauler Takes Cleaner Route

Check out this article about our cleanup efforts in Seattle...


Chris Martin, an entrepreneur from Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood, has a knack for creating efficient systems. More than a decade ago, Martin began using his neighborhood, an area once known as a haven for raucous night owls and the down and out, as a test bed for a waste collection scheme that has proven to turn profits and reduce the amount of trash headed to landfills.


With his company CleanScapes, Martin set out to make Dumpsters a thing of the past and reduce the waste stream to boot. Customers receive color-coded bags for trash, recycling and compost, all of which CleanScapes picks up multiple times per day. The program nearly doubled waste reduction efforts in Pioneer Square.


Continue reading at Sustainable Industries Magazine

In The News | August 24, 2010

CleanScapes to host Duwamish Alive! Stewardship Site

Check out this article about our Duwahmish Alive! event...


Hundreds of volunteers are needed to work at nine restoration sites along the Duwamish River at the semi-annual Duwamish Alive! work day set for Saturday, Oct. 17. “This is the last big volunteer outdoor event of the year and a great chance for families to get out and pitch in to make our community and our hometown river a better, healthier place,” said Dhira Brown, People For Puget Sound Restoration Ecologist and event coordinator.


Continue reading at the West Seattle Herald

In The News | August 30, 2009

CleanScapes Competes With Goliaths For Kent Contract

Check out this article about our bid for cleanup in the Kent area...


Only a few months after launching garbage collection services in Seattle, CleanScapes Inc. is trying to land a contract with the city of Kent. The contract for the city of 87,000 could be worth about $200 million over its full length of 11 years, said Kelly Peterson, environmental conservation supervisor for Kent.


Once again, the relatively small, Seattle-based CleanScapes will be competing with a few giant corporations, including the two biggest in the industry: Waste Management Inc., a Houston-based company with $12.4 billion in revenue, and Allied Waste, a Phoenix-based company with $6 billion in revenue that recently merged with Republic Services, becoming the second-biggest in the country.


Continue reading at the Puget Sound Business Journal

In The News | October 07, 2009

Reclaiming Pioneer Square for Community Gatherings

Check out this article about how we've helped clean up Pioneer Square alleys...


What can a downtown alley be used for? More than you think—and a group in Pioneer Square has been working to prove it. The network of businesses connected to the historic Nord building, located near First Avenue and Main Street, has created a vibrant and charming social space in an unlikely locale: the alleyway behind their offices.


Todd Vogel of the International Sustainability Institute bought two floors of the Nord in 2007, and began using it for his own office space as well as renting space to a number of for-profit and non-profit tenants. When he moved in, he began doing small things to clean up the adjoining alley, wanting to send a signal to others to respect the space.


Continue reading at Northwest HUB

In The News | July 05, 2010

700 Volunteers Pick up Trash After Fourth Fireworks

Check out this article about our 4th of July cleanup event with Starbucks and Seattle Public Utilities...


With a 2-year-old strapped to his back, Hiroshi Fujita and his 8-year-old daughter combed through gravel near Seattle's Gas Works Park Monday morning, tossing trash from Sunday's fireworks fest into a yellow bag. Across the street, his wife and 6-year-old daughter did the same. The new transplants from Yokohama, Japan, celebrated their first American Independence Day here this year. And, Fujita said, it was only right for them to help with the next day's cleanup.


Continue reading at the Seattle Times

In The News | December 01, 2010

Extra Clean-Up Crews On Duty In Seattle

Check out this video about our cleanup efforts in the Seattle area...


As you're getting ready for work this morning, 2000 workers are already on the clock sweeping and cleaning to make part of Seattle as clean as possible. Kiro 7 eyewitness news with Jeff live downtown, where that free cleanup is underway. They started about an hour and a half ago, CleanScapes, the company that Seattle contracts with for garbage cleanup and general cleanup, they're not just picking up the garbage cans today - they are cleaning up the alleyways, the sidewalks, they're tyring to make this pike-pine corridor of downtown as clean as possible.


Watch the video at Kiro TV

In The News | December 06, 2010

City Councilman Tom Rasmussen Blog - Pike/Pine Clean Zone

Check out this article about our cleanup efforts in Seattle...


Earlier this year I began an effort to keep our downtown cleaner and enhance public safety. I told Chris Martin, president of Cleanscapes, one of Seattle’s contract solid waste, recycling, and yard/foodwaste haulers, of my work to improve garbage collection, to have cleaner alleys and to get the gum off the sidewalks.  Chris immediately offered to volunteer time of his cleaning crews to help in my effort.


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| April 30, 2011

2011 Shoreline Spring Recycle Fest Event

Date:  4/30/2011 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Cost: FREE. Bring event flyer or show proof of residency.

Location: Shoreline Park & Ride

Aurora Ave N at 192nd
Shoreline, Washington 98133

Learn More at the City of Shoreline Website

In The News | May 06, 2011

Graffiti on Northwest 23rd Ave will be focus of neighborhood cleanup

Here's a great article about a community cleanup we're helping in Portland...

The Northwest District Association is adding graffiti removal to this month's litter cleanup in Northwest Portland.

The neighborhood association is partnering with CleanScapes, a street maintenance company in Northwest Portland, to remove the graffiti during the NWDA's monthly litter cleanup on Saturday, May 14.

The graffiti cleanup will take place rain or shine from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and volunteers will meet at Umpqua Bank, 467 N.W. 23rd Ave. Anyone can join the effort to remove the graffiti and also pick up litter along Northwest 23rd Avenue.

Supplies and training will be provided, and volunteers will also be given pastries and coffee. To RSVP for the cleanup, email NWDA spokeswoman Mary Ann Pastene, and for more information visit the Northwest District Association website.


Continue reading at Oregon Live


| July 05, 2011

5th of July Lake Union Cleanup

After the 4th of July fireworks have faded you can join hundred of your neighbors and help keep Lake Union beautiful by volunteering in Starbucks annual community 5th of July Lake Union Cleanup. Help return Gasworks Park (Wallingford), The Center for Wooden Boats (South Lake Union) and Rogers Playground (Eastlake) to their pre-festivity glory! 

Where: Lake Union, Seattle

When: 9am – 1:30pm, registration required

Learn more and register at

Read about last year's event here.

| October 15, 2011

Duwamish Alive!

Join CleanScapes at Gateway Park for Duwamish Alive!

On October 15th hundreds of volunteers at multiple sites will work together in a joint effort to help restore the Duwamish River watershed.


| January 26, 2012

King County Storm Debris Recycling Events

King County Executive Dow Constantine has cleared the way for free disposal of branches, tree limbs and other wood debris left in the wake of recent wind and snow storms.

Free wood debris recycling for King County residents will be available on Jan. 28-29, and again on Feb. 4-5 at four locations: Shoreline, Enumclaw, and Cedar Falls solid waste facilties and Kent's Russel Road Park.


| April 21, 2012

Duwamish Alive! 2012

Join CleanScapes at Gateway Park for DUWAMISH ALIVE!

On April 21st join hundreds of volunteers at multiple sites in a joint effort to restore the Duwamish River watershed. 

CleanScapes will be working at the Gateway Park site in Seattle’s historic Georgetown neighborhood. All are welcome: CleanScapes employees, members of the Georgetown community, friends and family. No experience necessary. Habitat restoration experts from Seattle Parks Department will be on hand to provide instruction. Snacks, water, coffee, tools and gloves are provided.


Saturday, April 21st


10am - 2pm


Gateway Park, 8th Avenue Street-end in Georgetown



In The News | June 22, 2012

Third Annual 5th of July Lake Union Cleanup

This July 5, Starbucks will team up with the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and CleanScapes, for the third annual 5th of July Lake Union Cleanup.

According to Starbucks Corporation, since 2010, more than 1,500 volunteers have collected 2.8 tons of garbage on and around Lake Union, diverting 2.2 of the total waste from landfills to be recycled.

Read more at Financial

| March 18, 2013

Residential Curbside Collection Event

It's time for spring cleaning!

During the week of March 18th, Des Moines residents with curbside garbage collection service can place an additional 3 cans or bags of garbage out on the curb on your collection day.


Press Release | April 13, 2015

Recology CleanScapes picks up a dumpster full of litter in Maple Valley

Maple Valley, WA – This year marks the 13th annual Maple Valley Hooked on Fishing Derby on April 24-25 and employee owners from Recology CleanScapes were out in the community on Saturday doing their part to get ready. Eleven volunteers from the company dispatched to some areas most affected by litter and picked up as much as they could on Saturday morning.



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