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The Great American Cleanup™ 2016

GAC2016

The Great American CleanupTM is here!

The Great American CleanupTM is the largest grassroots community involvement program in the United States. Cleanup events will be taking place all across Hampton Roads, and we hope everyone—individuals, families, school groups, clubs and civic organizations—will pick a project and participate this spring.  If you’d like to propose a project, please contact your locality’s representative.

Events

Events  will be continually added to this page, so keep checking back!

Chesapeake | Gloucester | Hampton | Isle of Wight | James City | Newport News | Norfolk | Poquoson | Portsmouth | Smithfield | Southampton | Suffolk | Virginia BeachWilliamsburg | York

 

Chesapeake

March 1 through June 4, 2016

What: Great American Cleanup & Beautification Projects
Where:  Citywide
When: Time will vary by project
Volunteers needed! Please register two weeks prior to your selected date. For more information, click here.

3/12/16

What: Chesapeake Recycles Day
Where:  Southgate Plaza Shopping Center, 2307 Bainbridge Blvd
When: 9 am – noon
For more information on what will be accepted, click here.

4/8/16

What: Arbor Day Celebration & Tree Planting
Where:  Chesapeake City Hall, 306 Cedar Road
When: 11 am – 2 pm
Registration not required. Watch tree plantings, pick up a free tree seedling, recycle your plastic bags and much more! For more info, click here.

4/23/16

What: Chesapeake Recycles Day
Where:  Tidewater Community College, 1428 Cedar Rd
When: 9 am – noon
For more information on what will be accepted, click here.

6/4/16

What: Clean the Bay Day
Where: City-wide
When: Times may vary by project – register by May 27th
For further information, call 757-382-6411 or or click here.

 



Gloucester

3/19/16

What: Clean Gloucester Day
Where:  Countywide 
When: 8 am – noon
For more information, click here.

 


Hampton

3/18/16

What: Community Cleanup
Where:  Big Bethel Road
When: 3 pm – 4:30 pm
Event is family– and new-participant– friendly. Sign up at hccc@hampton.gov.

3/19/16

What:  VPPSA Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Recycling
Where:  Public Works Operations Complex
When: 8 am – noon
Get a complete list of accepted items here.

4/2/16

What: Rain Barrel Workshop
Where:  HCCC Office (1296 Thomas St., Hampton)
When: 9 am – 11 am
Assemble your own rain barrel to take home. Cost: $40 Open to the public but registration is required by emailing causink@hampton.gov.

4/8/16

What: Tour de Trash
Where:  A tour of Hampton’s solid waste facilities and more!
When: 9 am – 3:30 pm
Open to the public but registration is required here. Call 727-1130 for additional information.

4/9/16

What: Rain Barrel Workshop
Where:  HCCC Office (1296 Thomas St., Hampton)
When: 3 pm – 5 pm
Assemble your own rain barrel to take home. Cost: $40 Open to the public but registration is required by emailing causink@hampton.gov.

4/15/16

What: Community Cleanup
Where:  Findley Street
When: 3 pm – 4:30 pm 
Event is family– and new-participant– friendly. Sign up at hccc@hampton.gov.

4/22/16 & 4/23/16

What: Walk Hampton Clean
Where:  HCCC Office (1296 Thomas St., Hampton)
When: Any time between 6 am Friday – 3 pm Saturday
Volunteers pick their sites and their times. Register here or contact causink@hampton.gov for more information.

5/7/16

What: Remarkable Trees Tour
Where:  Starts at HCCC Office (1296 Thomas St., Hampton)
When: 9 am – noon
For more information, contact Debbie at hccc@hampton.gov.

5/13/16

What: Community Cleanup
Where:  Ireland Street
When: 3 pm – 4:30 pm 
Event is family– and new-participant– friendly. Sign up at hccc@hampton.gov.

5/21/16

What: Hampton Waterways Restoration Project Kayak Cleanup
Where:  TBA
When: 8:30 am to 10:30 am
For more information, contact Debbie at hccc@hampton.gov.


Isle of Wight

 

April

What: Clean Rivers Month
Where:  All areas of the Blackwater/Nottoway watershed
When: Various
For more information and registration information, contact Jeff Turner at blknotkpr@earthlink.net.

 


James City

 4/9/16

What: 36th Annual County-Wide Spring Cleanup
Where:  County-wide
When: Varies
Volunteers will organize roadside and community litter cleanups throughout the county and the Clean County Commissioners will offer free disposal. The registration deadline is April 1. Register online or call 757-565-0032 for more information.

4/16/16

What: 36th Annual County-Wide Spring Cleanup
Where:  County-wide
When: Varies
Volunteers will organize roadside and community litter cleanups throughout the county and the Clean County Commissioners will offer free disposal. The registration deadline is April 1. Register online or call 757-565-0032 for more information.

4/30/16

What: James Riverfest
Where: James City County Marina, Williamsburg
When: 10 am to 3 pm
Free boat rides, kayaking paddles, bike tours, hands-on educational activities and live music. Admission and parking are free! Click here for complete details.

  


Newport News

Ongoing

What: Yard Beautification
Where:  Get compost and mulch at 550 Atkinson Way
When: Year-round, Mon-Sat, 8 am – 4 pm
For more information, visit http://www.nnva.gov/961/Compost-Mulch-Price-List or call 757-886-7947.

Ongoing

What: Household Hazardous Waste Collection & Electronics Recycling (Newport News residents only)
Where:  Recovery Operations Center, 550 Atkinson Way
When: Year-round, Fri-Sat, 8 am – 4 pm
For more information, visit http://www.nnva.gov/906/Household-Hazardous-Waste or call 757-886-7947.

Ongoing

What: Community Cleanup
Where:  Your choice or ours – Call for details
When: Your schedule
For more information, visit http://www.nnva.gov/795/Adopt-A-Spot-Program or call 757-812-5840.

 


Norfolk

4/16/16

What: Keep Norfolk Beautiful Day
Where:  Various locations
When: Varies by project
This year’s theme is “Clean Your Block Party.” Keep Norfolk Beautiful will train group leads and provide supplies for safe and successful cleanups. Click here for registration information.

4/23/16

What: Norfolk Recycles Day
Where:  1176 Pineridge Road
When: TBA
Household hazardous waste, electronics recycling,  paper shredding and more! Bring 2 non-perishable food items and receive a reusable tote. For more information click here for the flyer.

 


Poquoson

4/30/16

What: Keep Poquoson Beautiful Day
Where:  Messick Point/Amory’s Wharf
When: TBD
Share a fun time with family and friends with a litter pick-up at Messick Point and Amory’s Wharf. Messick Pocket Park will also be spruced up with grounds improvements like new plants, grass and mulch. Call 868-3000 for more information and  to sign up as a volunteer.

 5/14/16

What: Plant Swap
Where:  TBD
When: 9:00 am
Bring in your annuals, perennials, small shrubs or trees, and/or vegetable plants potted and labeled. “Staff” will assign a value to the plant(s) and give you vouchers for that value. When we begin, you may use your vouchers to “purchase” new plants for your yard. Plant drop off is between 9:00am and 10:00am. “Purchasing” starts promptly at 10: 15 am. Call 868-3000 for more information. 

 


Portsmouth

4/9/16

What: Recycling Event
Where:  4040 Victory Blvd (Lowe’s Parking Lot)
When: 9:00 am to noon
Residents may bring household hazardous waste, electronics, clothing, and other household items for recycling. Document shredding will also be provided. For a complete list of accepted items, click here. For more information, call 393-8663.

4/16/16

What: Great American Cleanup
Where:  City Park Pavilion
When: 7:00 am to noon
Volunteers needed for beautification and cleanup project. To register or for more information, call 393-8663.

 


Smithfield

April

What: Clean Rivers Month
Where:  All areas of the Blackwater/Nottoway watershed
When: Various
For more information and registration information, contact Jeff Turner at blknotkpr@earthlink.net.

 



Southampton

April

What: Clean Rivers Month
Where:  All areas of the Blackwater/Nottoway watershed
When: Various
For more information and registration information, contact Jeff Turner at blknotkpr@earthlink.net.

 


Suffolk

March through June 2016

What: Great American Cleanup
Where:  City-wide
When: Varies by project
For more information, call (757) 514-7604 or email littercontrol@suffolkva.us 

4/16/16

What: R(E)cycle Drive & Tire Amnesty Day
Where:  Lowe’s in Downtown Suffolk (1216 N. Main St.)
When: 10 am – 2 pm
Learn more now or or email littercontrol@suffolkva.us for more information.

 4/23/16

What: Earth Day Celebration
Where:  Suffolk Parks & Suffolk Art Gallery 
When: Varies by location
Activities will range from installing a new butterfly garden, decorating recycled planters, opening a new kayak launch, eco story time and an environmental art exhibit. For more information, call (757) 514-7604 or email littercontrol@suffolkva.us 

 

 
Virginia Beach

4/23/16

What: Earth Day Celebration
Where:  Mount Trashmore
When: 11 am to 4 pm – Rain date: 5/21/16
Recycling at the AAA Recycling Zone will include electronics, document shredding, car battery round up, child safety seat recycling, and household hazardous waste disposal. Pre-ordered rain barrels will be available for pickup. Refresh your approach to making our world a healthier place with various exhibits, displays and activities that will give you a chance to explore effective and convenient ways to green your lifestyle. Click here for complete details.

 5/14/16

What: 2016 Great American Cleanup
Where: Beach Garden Park – 2854 Kilbourne Court
When: 9 am to noon (registration begins at 8:30 am) – Rain date: 5/21/16
Clean up litter and improve park facilities. Volunteers can register by calling (757) 385-4650

 


Williamsburg

March 12-13

What: Williamsburg Home Show 
Where: William & Mary Hall
When: Varies by day
Stop by the Williamsburg Environmental table for a free reusable bag. For more information contact Tammy Rojek at trojek@willamsburgva.gov 

4/16/16

What: Cub Scout Litter Pick-up
Where: TBA
When: TBA
For more information contact Tammy Rojek at trojek@willamsburgva.gov 

April 18-22

What: Earth Day Celebration
Where: Williamsburg Municipal Building
When: 8 am to 11:30 am
The City of Williamsburg’s Environmental  Table will be set up in the City Municipal Building foyer during the week of April 18-22 to celebrate Earth Day Week. Come by to increase your green knowledge and take home some nifty giveaways. Those who sign up to receive city eco-grams will be entered into a drawing for a basket filled with green items. For more information contact Tammy Rojek at trojek@willamsburgva.gov 

4/23/16

What: Earth Week Celebration
Where: William & Mary College – Sunken Gardens
When: 11 am to 3 pm
Visit the askHRgreen.org trailer and drop off your plastic bags, rechargeable batteries and old cell phones to receive a free reusable bag.For more information contact Tammy Rojek at trojek@willamsburgva.gov 

 


York

3/12/16

What: VPPSA Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Recycling
Where: County Drive – Yorktown
When: 8 am to noon
Get a complete list of accepted items here.

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