Cleaning up is an essential part of any project. Although it isn't often a popular activity, it is necessary to maintain the cleanliness, organization, and look of a project site. While still on site, make sure to engage volunteers in the clean-up process. Here are some steps to follow:
- Collect any food-related trash such as wrappers, empty water bottles, cups, etc. Empty any unused, non-reusable products into proper containers and throw away. Collect all stray plastic and paper products on the ground. Gather up the garbage in plastic bags and dispose of properly.
- Break down the registration table and break area, if applicable. Store the table, chairs, and other furniture in their proper place. Store any extra forms/papers you have; you may be able to use them at a later time. Collect the sign-in sheets, volunteer waiver forms, and any other signed forms for your documentation.
- Make sure no personal belongings are left at the site.
- Collect any unused tools, materials, or supplies, and store them safely or prepare them for transport back to the storage location.
When finished, do a final walk-through of the site to make sure it’s in the same condition in which you found it.