Community groups have been urged to sign up to a campaign to clean Leicester.
The city council has organised a series of events in March which it hopes will encourage residents to look after their streets and parks.
Officials admitted tight budgets meant they were looking to communities for help but also said people could still report larger problems.
Groups who register with the council will get advice and basic equipment.
The council said it would also launch a smart phone application for residents to photograph problem areas and report them.
Councillor Sarah Russell, from Leicester City Council, said: "We want to make it easy for people to report problems so that we can quickly sort them out.
"We also want to use this campaign to raise awareness of the many ways that people can get involved in improving their local environments and keeping their neighbourhoods tidy."