Virginia Waterways Cleanup

Virginia Waterways Cleanup 
Part of the International Coastal Cleanup
September 1 through October 31 annually

This annual cleanup of trash and litter in our rivers and on our beaches is part of the International Coastal Cleanup and is the largest event held by Clean Virginia Waterways.

Thousands of volunteers gather along the shorelines of Virginia’s rivers, lakes, bays, and beaches in September and October to cleanup litter and debris, and recycle found items.  They also complete Data Cards, supplied by Ocean Conservancy, to collect valuable information about the amounts and types of litter and debris. Please participate in this statewide and international effort dedicated to cleaning the world’s waterways.

Be a Volunteer:

It is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Find a cleanup site near you. Click here for sites: 2019 Virginia Waterways Cleanups.

2. Contact the Site Captain to register and get details on where to meet.

3. Show up, cleanup & fill out a data card! Bring some friends & family members too! Your actions = cleaner water!

Be a Leader:

Cleanup events require leaders! Learn more about being a Site Captain!

If you would like to be a LEADER of a cleanup, please signup to be a Site Captain or call Clean Virginia Waterways at 434-395-2602, or send an email to