photo by Andrew Kearns

Summer Clean Up Scheduled!

An upcoming cleanup is scheduled for Thursday, June 29th at 1:00pm. Meet us at the Starbucks next to the Miller Avenue Safeway and bring your work or garden gloves. We’ll supply pickers and garbage bags, as well as a safety vest if you don’t have one. We’ll be conducting litter removal in that general area of Miller Avenue. Bring your own garden gloves if you can. We usually work up to an hour and a half, but come by, even if you only have 15 minutes. Every litter-bit helps!

For further information, contact Joan Murray at or call (415) 388-3614.

Welcome to
Adopt A Spot!

Some of our members have already adopted spots where they regularly pick up litter. We are seeing good results, but we need more hands! We are encouraging people to pitch in and adopt a section of a street in their neighborhood, an area of a favorite Step, Lane or Path, or an unsightly corner at a bus stop. We hope our combined efforts will help keep our town, its creeks, marshes and Bay clean.

If you have any questions or would like to pitch in and adopt a spot to clean up, please contact Jill at This will help us to coordinate our efforts and spread the word about Adopt A Spot!

Adopt A Spot logo design by Mary Osborn
Photo by Jim Stephenson

Tam High Delivers an Important Message!

Anyone driving, walking or riding past Tam High when its dark can read the school’s electronic sign about littering being a social disease. That spot near Miller Avenue and Camino Alto is a strong magnet for litter and debris which winds up in our marsh and in the bay. We hope that others heed the message.


Clean Mill Valley in Action

Turning an East Blithedale Eyesore into a Gorgeous Flower Patch!

On the heels of historic rainfall over the winter, incredible wildflower blooms have been in abundance all over Mill Valley, Marin, the Bay Area and beyond over the past several weeks. One of those blooms – at a longstanding, litter-strewn eyesore at the corner of Easy Blithedale Avenue and Tower Drive – came as the result of the efforts of Clean Mill Valley volunteers Peggy Katcher and Margo Kirkpatrick, who adopted the spot with friends. Katcher planted California poppies in the spot and nursed hand watered them during previous droughts.

City of Mill Valley Public Works operations Superintendent Denise Andrews brought mulch to retain the moisture to the flowers and Larry Anderson helped spread it at the base of the flowers.

City staff and Clean Mill Valley volunteers will continue to remove weeds and litter from the spot.

"It’s hard to miss this delightful bunch of bright orange flowers as you enter or exit Highway 101 from East Blithedale," says Clean Mill Valley co-founder Joan Murray.

Original article credited to Jim Welte (Chamber News) Photo ​(Left to right): Margo Kirkpatrick, Jill Young and Peggy Katcher. Photo courtesy of Brandon Katcher.

Clean Mill Valley
Goes Global

Betsy Bikle, a board member of StreamKeepers and a volunteer with Clean Mill Valley, adopts spots to clean wherever she goes. Here she is removing litter near the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa. The girl can’t help herself.

Thanks, Betsy, for showing that Americans CAN clean up the environment!

Home | Projects | Merchant Program | Education | Litter Stories | About Us | Get Involved | Facebook