PROGRAMS & ORGANIZATIONS
The Great American Cleanup
Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest community improvement program, which takes place annually in an estimated 20,000 communities nationwide. Cleanup events typically take place all across Hampton Roads from March to June, and we invite everyone—individuals, families, school groups, clubs and civic organizations—to Team Up 2 Clean Up with us and get in on the fun.
The 2021 Great American Cleanup will be held March 26-27* in Hampton Roads.
The Great American Cleanup is an opportunity to transform your neighborhood and community into beautiful, healthy spaces. Beautiful places are environmentally healthy, socially connected and economically sound. They’re better places to raise families, start a business or go to school.
Our program Team Up 2 Clean Up is always available, but during this annual Great American Cleanup event, we encourage you to be a part of the transformation that takes place all across Hampton Roads!
Great American Cleanup volunteers make a BIG impact.
Each year about 1,000 volunteers team up to clean up Hampton Roads for the regional two-day event. Volunteers from military commands, local businesses and non-profits join forces with private citizens across Hampton Roads to rid the land and water of litter, tend community gardens and improve public parks. Since 2019, volunteers have cleared more than 23 tons of litter from our environment. Be part of our team and help us cleanup Hampton Roads!
What: The Hampton Roads Great American Cleanup event is a two-day effort to remove litter and improve community appearance the region. Community projects include:
- Removing litter from roadsides, neighborhoods, beaches, waterways, and parks for cleaner communities
- Planting trees, flowers and community gardens to strengthen green infrastructure
- Restoring nature trails, parks and playgrounds to encourage outdoor activity
- Recycling old or unwanted items junking up your home or yard
- Restoring business districts and thoroughfares to encourage economic development
When: Cleanup events will take place Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27*. There will be some pre-planned events to join, but due to social distancing guidelines, volunteers are encouraged to “adopt” their own neighborhood with a smaller group of volunteers. Groups should be limited to no more than 25 participants. Supplies and support may be available from your local Clean Community Coordinator.
*Some communities may be hosting Great American Cleanup events on other dates, you will be notified of event details and volunteer information for those events upon submitting your registration.
How: Simply complete the form below and let us know how you plan to Team Up 2 Clean Up! Volunteers will be connected with a local Clean Community Coordinator who will either match volunteers with a pre-planned event or provide volunteers with assistance hosting their own community cleanup.
Join askHRgreen.org as we clean up Hampton Roads!
While registration has closed for our official Great American Cleanup activities, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a bag and clean up your neighborhood!
Grab a bag, grab a friend and grab some litter!