This year is the 16th year that Clean Virginia Waterways has organized the Virginia Waterways Cleanup (part of the International Coastal Cleanup). Cleanup events are held all over the state, and CVW is interested in increasing the number of cleanups in each of Virginia’s watershed. Cleanups are held between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31 on the coast and on inland waterways.
NOTE: LitterFreeRVA plans to clean up Belle Isle on September 25 from noon-8 p.m. Meet at the north pedestrian bridge at noon. Bags, gloves, and pickers will be provided.
Richmond-area cleanups: Saturday, Sept. 25
1. Belle Isle in the James River Park
2. Osborne Landing in the James River Park
3. Ancarrow’s Landing in the James River Park
Last year, more than 5,600 volunteers not only removed litter and trash from Virginia’s rivers and beaches, but they also recorded what they found on Data Cards. The Top Ten Items found and recorded by volunteers during the International Coastal Cleanup in Virginia, 2009, accounted for 87.77 percent of all litter and trash picked up by volunteers in Virginia:
1. Cigarettes/Cigarette Filters
2. Beverage Bottles (plastic) 2 liters or less
3. Beverage Cans
4. Bags (Plastic)
5. Food Wrappers/Containers
6. Cups, Plates, Forks, Knives, Spoons
7. Glass Beverage Bottles
8. Caps, Lids
9. Straws, Stirrers
10. Bags (Paper)
Schools, businesses, churches, youth groups and other organizations are encouraged to call Clean Virginia Waterways (434-395-2602) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to join this important effort to clean our waterways.
Find more at the Virginia Conservation Network