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Save the Date for the Great American Cleanup, March 22-23

Save the Date for the Great American Cleanup, March 22-23

Photo of a group of people from a previous Great American Clean Up eventHave you noticed more litter in your neighborhood over the past year? Many local cities and counties in Hampton Roads are reporting increases in litter along roadways and in neighborhoods, public parks, and waterways.  Residents can plan now to do something about it, by saving the date for this year’s Great American Cleanup, March 22-23.

Coordinated by askHRgreen.org, the regional two-day cleanup event drew over 2,400 volunteers last year for a clean sweep of the 757. Military commands, local businesses and non-profits join forces with local government, civic leagues, and private citizens to remove litter from roadsides and waterways, tend community gardens, and improve public parks. Since 2019, volunteers have removed more than 196 tons of litter from Hampton Roads. Studies confirm that beautiful places are not only environmentally healthy, they also contribute to the region’s economy and tourism. Clean communities are better places to raise families, start a business and go to school. Everyone has a stake in keeping Hampton Roads beautiful!

Registration is open now and volunteers can sign up online at www.askHRgreen.org/cleanup. Volunteers can choose from leading their own cleanup in an area of their choosing or participating in a community cleanup. Supplies such as trash bags and litter grabbers are available from local litter prevention staff but really all you need is a sturdy pair of shoes, some trash bags, and a desire to make a difference.