- Clean Community
- What YOU Can Do
What YOU Can Do
In 2021, Keep America Beautiful published The Keep America Beautiful 2020 National Litter Study. The study found 50 billion pieces of litter in the United States, split almost evenly along waterways and highways. Research shows that litter attracts litter – therefore litter cleanups are the best way to prevent future littering.
If every American picked up 152 pieces of litter, we would have a litter-free nation!
Keep A Lid On It! Prevent Litter.
Prevention is the very best way to keep our community clean and green:
- Set an example. Keep your property litter-free.
- Secure all trash can lids and loads before heading to the landfill or convenience site.
- Carry a litter bag in your car.
- Never toss debris or food out of the car window.
- Businesses -- provide ash and trash receptacles and all entrances and exits. Secure dumpsters.
Organize a Cleanup
Want to conduct a cleanup in Gloucester? Thank you! We can lend you supplies including bags, safety vests, grabbers, caution yard signs, and buckets. Cleanup Kits are available for one week. (Renewals may be granted on a case by case basis.)
Please fill out this easy online form to request supplies: Group Cleanup Registration
You will receive an email when supplies are ready for pickup.
In-office pickup is from the lobby of the Stewart Building, 6382 Main Street, (across from Botetourt Elementary School) during regular County office hours 8am - 4:30pm. You may return used equipment and laundry to the same location within one week. All items MUST be returned EXCEPT garbage bags. For after hours pickup, we will leave your supplies near/or in the tiny shed for you to pick up behind the Stewart Building.
Alternately, you can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 804-693-5370 and we will be glad to fill the online form out for you.
We ask that, after every cleanup, you complete and turn in a reporting form (you will find one with your supplies) so that the Clean Community Coordinator, a grant-supported position, can continue to provide this service to the Gloucester community.
Have You Hosted a Cleanup?
If so, we would like to know! Please complete this online Cleanup Report Form (or fill out the paper one that came with your supplies) so we can keep track of the good work being done in Gloucester. If you cannot submit your info online, please email them to Clean Community Office, or call 804-693-5370 with your report. THANK YOU for taking care of our county.
Adopt a Boat Landing
Form a group (kayakers, fishing buddies, family...) and sign up to do regular cleanups together at a boat landing. The Clean Community Office can provide cleanup supplies. You’ll feel great taking care of Gloucester County’s superb recreational resources! Call or email Clean Community at 804-693-5370 or email@example.com.
It's free and easy to participate in Virginia's Adopt-A-Highway Program! Visit www.VirginiaDOT.ord/AAH to apply and get started today! Participating groups receive a sign on the adopted highway segment following the second clean-up. Each year, more than 23,000 Adopt-a-Highway volunteers collect more than 44,000 bags of waste along Virginia’s highways.
Purchase a Friend of the Chesapeake license plate
Proceeds from the sales of these plates help keep the bay healthy by restoring wetlands, planting buffers around waterways, promoting marine life restoration, decreasing pollution, and providing educational programs. Each year dozens of grants totaling more than $350,000 are distributed throughout Virginia’s Bay region to qualifying grant applicants (like us!)
Volunteer For the Clean Community Office
You can volunteer directly for the Clean Community Office! We use enthusiastic, friendly helpers for a variety of initiatives. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Clean Community Coordinator at 804-693-5370 to learn about current volunteer opportunities.
Volunteer on the Clean and Green Committee
This board serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors and Clean Community staff on matters related to litter prevention, solid waste management, recycling, and beautification. Meetings are comprised of the Clean Community Coordinator, a Board of Supervisors representative, and voting members approved by the Gloucester Board of Supervisors. Meetings are once every other month for approximately one hour. For information on recent and past activities of the Clean Community Committee, please refer to the meeting minutes archive at the County’s Meetings and Minutes Portal. Opens a New Window.
Learn from and Be Inspired By askHRGreen
Launched in 2011, the askHRGreen region-wide public awareness and education campaign is administered through the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and powered by the the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg; the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Southampton, Surry and York; the town of Smithfield; and Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD). askHRgreen.org is your go-to resource for all things green in Hampton Roads – from recycling tips and pointers for keeping local waterways clean, to water-saving ideas and simple steps to make local living easy on the environment. Like askHRgreen.org on Facebook, follow on Twitter and Instagram, tune in to them on YouTube, and catch their Green Living blog written by a team of local experts.