DETROIT (WWJ) – The City of Detroit is in the middle of its annual cleanup and beautification effort, Motor City Makeover.

Hundreds of passionate volunteers were out cleaning and beautifying their neighborhoods and communities throughout the city’s west side of Detroit on Saturday.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said the series of clean ups are needed because there are a lot of people in the city who throw their trash anywhere.

“The whole goal is to get people engaged and to get people involved so that we can bring pride back to our city,” said Bing.

The final Motor City Makeover cleanup day is May 19, when volunteers will clean and beautify in the central and southwest neighborhoods (sectors 4, 5 & 6).

Bing said the actions of helping volunteers will counteract the laziness of others.

“The unfortunate thing is that we have a lot of people who just don’t care, they will throw trash anywhere and it just creates an environment and an atmosphere that we don’t respect each other. We’ve got to start respecting each other, respect ourselves, respect our city and keep it clean,” said Bing.

Individuals and groups interested in helping to clean and beautify Detroit are asked to register by calling 313-224-3450 or visiting

In addition, volunteers may take bagged litter to any of the five drop-off locations listed below, which will be open on the three Saturday cleanup dates. Drop-off hours are from 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.

  • Davison Yard – 8221 West Davison
  • Southfield Yard – 12255 Southfield Service Dr.
  • 5840 Anthon between Cavalry and Campbell
  • State Fair Yard – 19715 John R

A fifth location, J. Fons Transfer Station – 6451 E. McNichols, is open from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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