International Coastal Cleanup

Join Clean Virginia Waterways for their 27th year of keeping Virginia’s waters litter-free! This annual cleanup of trash and litter in rivers and on 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 to clean up litter and debris, and recycle found items. They also complete Data Cards or use the CleanSwell app, to collect valuable information about the amounts and types of litter and debris they are finding. Volunteers are needed for this statewide and international effort dedicated to cleaning the world’s waterways. This year, cleanups will run from late August to early November.

Want to Be a Leader?

Cleanup events require leaders! Gather your friends, family, co-workers, organization, or other groups and lead your clean up as a Site Captain!  Learn more about being a Site Captain here.

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 You do not need to know a specific date or time for your cleanup to sign up, so sign up TODAY!

Want to Be a Volunteer?                                                                                                                                                 

Cleanup dates will be planned for August-November and will be updated throughout the summer. Contact Clean Virginia Waterways at (434)-395-2602 or send an email to​