In 2020, Clean & Safe picked up 655,040 gallons of trash, leaves and weeds.


Through the Clean, Safe & Green Partnership, the city outsources downtown sidewalk cleaning services to our organization. These services include picking up litter, leaves and debris from sidewalks in a 440 block area, as well as weed eradication. We also steam clean homeless waste spots and remove handbills. We collect over half a million gallons of trash and leaves every year. The team starts cleaning at 6 a.m., every day of the week. Sidewalk cleaning machines are used in tandem with manual cleaning.


Our Goals

The goal is to keep downtown clean, safe and green. The program is responsive to the needs of the areas, businesses and daily situations.

  • The business community and downtown neighborhoods support the program, its effectiveness and responsiveness.
  • Residents, businesses, employees and visitors benefit from the service and a cleaner, safer and greener downtown.
  • We contract a local, minority-owned and operated company - Community Business Group (CBG), located in Jackson Ward - for the downtown sidewalk cleaning program.

The Clean & Safe program has been serving downtown for 22 years

Downtown Beautification Efforts

In addition to downtown sidewalk cleaning, our organization maintains gateway beautification projects for the City, including weeding, watering and installing seasonal plants. The contractor for the beautification projects is Brightview.

2021 Beautification Projects

The beautification projects include nearly 5,000 plants:

155 planters:

  • 91 planters in 3rd and 5th Street gateway area
  • 36 planters on Broad Street between 8th and 10th Street
  • 28 Broad Street planters relocated to Coliseum area

5 medians:

  • 2 blocks of Broad Street medians between Foushee to 1st Street
  • 3rd Street median
  • 12th and Canal median
  • 14th and Dock Street median

Flower baskets and more:

  • 126 hanging baskets installed along Broad Street from Belvidere to 12th Street in the Arts District and in the Shockoe neighborhood
  • 13 planting beds on 400 block of E. Grace Street
  • 300+ annuals planted along the Canal Walk and around the Headman Statue on Brown’s Island
See something that needs fixing or cleaning up? Let us know!

Nearly 5,000 plants were installed throughout downtown Richmond in 2020

Downtown Graffiti Removal

In 2020, Venture Richmond has also boosted its efforts to keep Downtown clean. Following damages that occurred to businesses during recent protests, Venture Richmond and CBG launched a new Graffiti Cleaning Pilot Program as part of Clean & Safe. 195 handbills and 589 graffiti tags were removed, and 32 block faces were power washed on Broad Street between Belvidere and 10th Street. Property owners and businesses in the Downtown Service District area can request help removing graffiti by emailing