Prince William County faces litter issues on a daily basis. Litter is costly to clean up, affects our quality of life, and is harmful to our local ecosystem. For over 30 years, Keep Prince William Beautiful has served as the community’s resource for litter cleanups. Whether along the Route 1 corridor or tending to an area that has been long neglected, KPWB can support cleanups of any size within the county.
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Community cleanups are a great way to meet like-minded people and make new friends without having to sign up for the latest social networking site. And after introducing yourself to other volunteers, you can get to work cleaning, repairing or revitalizing neglected or vandalized areas of the community. To help, we provide pre-cleanup litter education and safety training, trash bags, landfill vouchers, gloves, vests, grabbers, giveaways and marketing assistance to help promote the event.
If working to help keep Prince William County beautiful is of interest to you, join in our efforts! You can propose an area to clean, or sign up for an area that we have already identified. You can find a list of scheduled cleanups you can join on our Events page. If you would like to coordinate a cleanup of a specific area, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call our office at (571)285-3772.
Tips for Organizing a Community Cleanup: (Click here for a community cleanup success kit)
- Make good use of the flyers we offer to publicize your cleanup. Post the flyer in common areas throughout the community to bolster participation.
- Contact the local news outlet to see if they will do a write up of the event.
- Make sure you have enough gloves (latex and cotton) for every volunteer.
- Assign one volunteer to scout for recyclables, and only recyclables. That way you can make sure you are diverting as much litter as possible from ending up in the landfill.
- Plan an alternate date in case of inclement weather or other unexpected issues that may arise. Approximately 30% of community cleanups each year are rescheduled.
- Make sure there’s enough water and snacks on hand for everyone.
- Educate your participants about items that cannot be collected during a community cleanup.
- Volunteers must be at least 16, or accompanied by a parent or guardian 18 or older.
- Have fun!
Groups and organizations are invited to contact KPWB to schedule a large-scale community cleanup for their organization, whether you have 20 or 200 eager volunteers. These cleanups are focus on areas that have not received cleanups regularly, leading to safety and environmental concerns. The program also provides opportunities for various community and youth organizations seeking to complete a community service project. Pre-event litter education, safety training, refreshments, snack and supplies are all provided. Through this program, a decrease in the number of littered areas is expected, returning ownership to the community for the reduction of litter.
Great American Cleanup Seasonal Campaign
KPWB provides the supplies in our complimentary litter bags, filled with trash bags, gloves, vests, grabbers, first-aid kit, bottled water and landfill vouchers (plus goodies for kids that participate!). Communities are encouraged to host a cleanup in both the Fall and Spring to ensure that their communities stay clean, green and beautiful. To register a Fall (September – November) or Spring (March – June) cleanup, click here.
To learn about the Great American Cleanup National Campaign, click here.
Is your neighborhood in need of a little TLC? Organizing a neighborhood cleanup is a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors and beautify your community at the same time.
If you are planning an opportunity for residents to dispose of household or backyard junk and clutter you will need to arrange a dumpster for your event, preferably a large container called a “roll-off dumpster.”
- If you want to arrange a dumpster cleanup accessible to your neighborhood residents only, you will need to work with a local waste hauler. Keep Prince William Beautiful can help you by providing “landfill vouchers” to allow the contents of your dumpster to be disposed of for free at Prince William County’s Sanitary Landfill. Mentioning these vouchers to your local haulers may help you to negotiate a better price!
- Another option is to coordinate your cleanup day with the free dumpsters that are offered by Prince William County government at their annual Dumpster Days. Dumpster Days are held at central locations in different areas of the county during the spring or fall. Some of these events also may also include free document shredding. For more information and a schedule of County Dumpster Days, click here.
Please keep in mind that some materials cannot be accepted at the County’s Landfill as part of regular trash and must be disposed of separately. Prince William County provides special locations where these items may be dropped off for recycling and/or special handling. In addition to certain hazardous materials, residents may also drop-off electronic equipment (computers, televisions, cell phones, etc.) at the County’s Landfill and Balls Ford Road Composting Facility for recycling. For more information on the PWC Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Program, click here.