Annual Virginia Waterways Cleanup Events Taking Place September 1 through October 31

Here’s a litter quiz:  What are some of the the most frequently found litter items in annual clean-ups of Virginia’s waterways?  According to Clean Virginia Waterways (, the top five in 2015 were cigarette butts,  food wrappers, glass beverage bottles, plastic beverage bottles, and beverage cans.  Results in other years may differ, but every year waterways receive a large amount of litter that impairs water quality, habitat for aquatic organisms, and recreational and aesthetic values.

But also every year, Clean Virginia Waterways, a non-profit organization affiliated with Longwood University in Farmville, Va., organizes a statewide volunteer effort to remove litter from Virginia’s streams and coastal waters.  Events take place from September 1 to October 31.  To locate a Virginia clean-up event, visit  For more information, phone (434) 395-2602; or e-mail

The Virginia waterways clean-up is held in connection with the Ocean Conservancy’s Annual International Coastal Cleanup (

USED 9-20-13 Trash in Drained Duck Pond Jul3 2007

A Virginia Water Radio episode (3 minutes/23 seconds) about cleaning up trash from Virginia’s waterways is available online at  Have a listen!

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