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news releasesApr 9, 2012

Volunteers Still Needed for the Great American Cleanup National Action Days!

Want to be part of a national cleanup and green up project right here at home? Hampton Roads volunteers are still needed to register for Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup National Action Days, to take place April 27-28. Project partners and Keep Virginia Beautiful say it’s a great opportunity for individuals, families, community organizations, corporations and military commands to spruce up the region’s communities—and many hands are needed.

“More than 60 organized cleanup projects are planned throughout Hampton Roads, and we need at least 1,500 volunteers to make this a success,” said Regional Project Chairman John Deuel. “In addition to individuals, we would love for local businesses and military commands to consider signing up their employees for a team project.”

Earlier this year, Keep America Beautiful selected Hampton Roads as one of 10 national sites to host the Great American Cleanup, a massive grassroots community involvement program that takes place in selected cities from coast to coast. During the two-day Hampton Roads event, scores of volunteers will disperse to organized cleanup sites throughout the region to transform area parks, public lands, waterways and trails into cleaner, greener landscapes. Working with local municipalities in most of the 16 cities and counties, leaders helped to coordinate a wide variety of half-day projects from which volunteers could choose. Cleanup sites have been identified from Norfolk to Newport News and Portsmouth to Poquoson and beyond.

During last spring’s event, volunteers across the country bagged a staggering amount of trash, according to Deuel. The tally included more than 215.2 million plastic bottles, 12.1 million pounds of glass, nearly 7.9 million pounds of electronics and 13.4 million pounds of aluminum. Combined with other trash and debris, in all shapes and sizes, the total came to an astounding 177 million pounds of litter.

“That’s an extraordinary amount of litter,” said Deuel. “Participating in the Great American Cleanup is a chance for Hampton Roads as a region to do our part to Keep America Beautiful, while contributing to transformational projects we can enjoy in our own communities and neighborhoods for years to come.”

Those who wish to further support the Great American Cleanup may visit Donations go a long way toward underwriting costs associated with the Great American Cleanup, while funding future Hampton Roads cleanup projects and events.

To view a complete listing of Great American Cleanup projects and to register, visit




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