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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 will be taking 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.

Great American Cleanup events will now be held September 18-19, 2020. Volunteer registration is now open!

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!

Want to team up with for the Great American Cleanup? Sign up now!

In 2019, more than 1,000 volunteers teamed up to clean up Hampton Roads for a successful Great American Cleanup. On Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4, volunteers from the community, military commands and local businesses across 13 participating municipalities worked together to rid the land and water of more than 15 tons of litter. Volunteers also mulched and weeded community gardens, planted trees and plants in parks, and freshened up structures and trash cans with new coats of paint. In total, 71 locations across 13 cities and counties were spruced up thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and partners.

What: National Kickoff to the Great American Cleanup is a two-day effort to remove litter and improve community appearance across all 17 cities and counties in Hampton Roads. Community beautification 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, September 18 and Saturday, September 19. There will be pre-planned events to join but due to social distancing guidelines we are encouraging volunteers to lead neighborhood cleanups with smaller groups in a spot of your choosing. Supplies and support will still be provided by your local Clean Community Coordinator.

Who: Everyone has a role to play in keeping Hampton Roads beautiful. From individuals to families, school groups to civic organizations, small businesses to large corporations. YOU can make a difference for your community.

How: Simply complete the form below to become a volunteer.

  • Volunteers will be connected with a Team Up 2 Clean Up project in a city or county of their choosing or invited to start their own community project with assistance from the local Clean Community Coordinator.

Join as we clean up Hampton Roads this spring!

Sign Up to Volunteer for the Great American Cleanup

Registration for the Great American Cleanup is now open!