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2014 Virginia Waterways Cleanups: Volunteer this fall!

This annual cleanup of trash and litter in our rivers and on our beaches is part of the International Coastal Cleanup. If you would like to be a LEADER of a cleanup, please signup to be a Site Captain. Learn more about this statewide hands-on stewardship event.

What did our volunteers find last year?
Volunteers in the 2013 Virginia Waterways Cleanup removed 491,505 pounds of litter and trash from Virginia's rivers, beaches and coastal waters. Volunteers also collected valuable data about the debris found on our waterways in order to find solutions.

Top Ten Litter Items Found in 2012

1. Beverage Bottles (Plastic) 2 liters or less
2. Cigarettes/Cigarette Filters
3. Bags (Plastic)
4. Food Wrappers/Containers
5. Cups, Plates, Forks, Knives, Spoons
6. Beverage Cans
7. Glass Beverage Bottles
8. Caps, Lids
9. Building Materials
10. Toys

Balloons as Litter Research Project
Clean Virginia Waterways is partnering with the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Research Center in a study to better understand the sources, impacts and solutions to balloons as litter. You can help us collect data. Learn more about this study, or click here if you are ready to enter some data.

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