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Volunteers Still Needed for the Great American Cleanup™ National Action Days!
Register now to participate in the April 27-28 event

(Hampton Roads, Va., April 9, 2012) –  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


WHAT: Great American Cleanup National Action Days, April 27- 28. Presented by Keep America Beautiful, it is the largest national grassroots community involvement program, in which selected cities participate in transformational cleanup events that could include everything from gateway beautification and river cleanup to sprucing up community playgrounds and living shoreline restoration.

WHEN: April 27-28, 2012

WHERE: Cities and counties throughout Hampton Roads

EVENT PARNERS: and Keep Virginia Beautiful

DETAILS: The launch of the Hampton Roads cleanup events, April 27-28, represents the only designated project in Virginia and will involve hundreds of volunteers transforming local parks, waterways and recreational areas into cleaner, greener environments.

REGISTER: Select a project and register at


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