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Litter Prevention

Don't Trash Central Virginia


There are many ways individuals and business owners can support litter prevention.

Individuals can:

  • Set an example for others, especially family, co-workers, friends, and children.  If you see litter, pick it up.
  • Organize, support, or join a litter clean up.
  • Keep a car litter bag.  Do not throw trash, food waste, or cigarette waste out of vehicle windows.
  • Secure belongings inside your vehicle to prevent unintentional littering when your windows are open.
  • Use a pocket ashtray if you smoke.
  • Make sure your trash cans have tight fitting lids or are not easily opened by wildlife.
  • Do not intentionally release balloons.  They return to earth as litter.


Businesses & Organizations can:

  • Educate employees, patrons, customers, and members about litter.
  • Post or display the "Don't trash" campaign or other educational materials in your place of business.
  • In your place of business, provide plenty of containers for trash and recycling
  • Organize, support, or join a litter clean up.
  • Do not host or support events that intentionally release balloons.  Balloons can become trapped in branches or power lines and eventually return to earth as litter.

Upcoming Activities

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay partners with local organizations and businesses on Project Clean Stream, a seasonal clean-up campaign across the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed.  Use the Project Clean Stream Portal to find a clean-up near you!

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Learn more about Litter...

Keep Virginia Beautiful:

Keep Virginia Beautiful (KVB) is an organization that aims to improve the state's natural environment through litter prevention efforts. Since the 1950's KVB has promoted a clean and litter-free environment through community outreach and education across the state of Virginia. Through collaboration with state agencies and local organizations, KVB strives to "empower groups and individuals to engage in environmental projects through grants, contests, events, and training so that the collective effort keeps Virginia beautiful for generations to come" (Source: Keep Virginia Beautiful). For more information on KVB and local events please visit the website:

RVA Clean Sweep:

RVA Clean Sweep is a volunteer group based in Richmond, Virginia. the Gropu utilizes the online platform, Meetup, organize cleanups and educate community members on the importance of litter preservation. For more information on the RVA Clean Sweep and to sign up for an event please their meetup page:

Hull Street Action:

Hull Street Action is a community organized focused on various efforts to preserve the Hull Street corridor in Richmond, Virginia. The group is "dedicated to building a healthy and inclusive community where all residents can live, work and thrive" (Source: Hull Street Action). For more information on Hull Street Action and the different cleanup events, they organize please visit the website:

James River Association:

The James River Association (JRA) seeks to protect the James River and all of its natural, cultural, and recreational assets. Litter prevention is key to promoting a healthy and thriving river. The JRA provides resources for those who wish to take action through a variety of volunteer opportunities. To locate a volunteer opportunity along the James River important to you please visit the following webpage:

Friends of the James River Park System:

Since 1999, the Friends of the James River Park System (FOJRPS) has brought together citizen volunteers passionate about advocating for the health of the James River. With about two million visitors a year, the James River Park is the most visited park in Richmond (Source: FOJRPS). The park is a major asset to the region, but more visitors means the potential for more liter making it into the river. The organization coordinates volunteer opportunities to clean up trash and invasive species. Furthermore, FOJRPS provides essential tools necessary for groups to organize their own cleanup events (i.e., trash grabbers, trash bags, etc.). For more information on volunteer opportunities please visit:

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay:

Since 1971, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has worked to preserve the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The group's mission is "to bring together communities, companies, and conservationists to improve our lands and waters" (Source: Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay). Citizens can join the alliance as a volunteer and participate in a stream cleanup. For more information on Project Clean Stream cleanup events please visit this website:

James River Advisory Council:

The James River Advisory Council (JRAC) envisions "a healthy, beautiful, economically vital and accessible James River that is cared for by a diverse and engaged community that acts on its behalf" (Source: JRAC). The council's members aim to protect and promote the James River through education, outreach, and coordination throughout the region. To learn more about the different ways to volunteer through JRAC please visit:

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