2015 Great American Cleanup—Now Underway in a Community Near You!
Volunteers Take Action to Clean, Restore and Renew Hampton Roads!
(Hampton Roads, Va., March 24, 2015) – Beginning this month, Hampton Roads volunteers will span out across the region to pick up litter, clean up shorelines, spruce up playgrounds and give southeastern Virginia a good spring scrubbing. The 2015 Great American Cleanup™ is underway, now through June, and residents can find a list of organized cleanup projects by visiting askHRgreen.org.
“It’s not just your home that is in need of spring cleaning and yard work. Your community requires a little TLC, too,” said Julia B. Hillegass, askHRgreen.org team leader. “Participating in Great American Cleanup events is a great way for Hampton Roads residents to rid their communities of trash and litter, while greening up our shared outdoor spaces.”
Spearheaded by Keep America Beautiful, the Great American Cleanup is the country’s largest community improvement program that takes place in more than 20,000 communities beginning each spring. Litter cleanups, recycling events and tree plantings typically top the list of activities that are led by Keep America Beautiful affiliates and community-based organizations throughout the country. Here’s a snapshot of what’s taking place in Hampton Roads over the next few months:
April 4: Household Hazardous Waste Collection in Portsmouth at the Lowe’s at Victory Crossing
April 11: Walk Hampton Clean, city-wide cleanup in Hampton
April 18: (E)cycle Drive and Tire Amnesty Day in Suffolk at the Lowe’s on N. Main Street
April 11, May 9: Lynnhaven River Now Cleanup Events, locations in Virginia Beach
May 9: Keep Poquoson Beautiful Projects at various locations
June 6: Clean the Bay Day, to take place at multiple locations on the Chesapeake Bay
In 2014, the work of volunteers during Great American Cleanup events returned $179 million in measurable benefits across the participating communities, according to Keep America Beautiful. In southeastern Virginia, more than 18 organized cleanup events took place, resulting in a cleaner, greener Hampton Roads.
“Devoting a couple of hours to cleaning up our communities is time well spent,” said Hillegass. “It’s a great way to see neighbors, meet new friends and understand how we’re all connected to the region.”
For information about Hampton Roads Great American Cleanup events, visit askhrgreen.org/the-great-american-cleanup-2015.
askHRgreen.org is your go-to resource for all things green in Hampton Roads— from recycling tips and pointers for keeping local waterways clean to water-saving ideas and simple steps to make local living easy on the environment. Launched in 2011, the region-wide public awareness and education campaign is administered through the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and powered by the following members: The cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg; the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Southampton, Surry and York; the Town of Smithfield; and HRSD. Like askHRgreen.org on Facebook, follow on Twitter, tune in to YouTube and catch the “Let’s Talk Green” blog, written by a team of local experts.
About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With our national network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. To learn how you can donate and take action, visit kab.org and follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.