Making Suffolk a Cleaner Place

Photo Courtesy of Keep Suffolk Beautiful

Keep Suffolk Beautiful launched their “Great American Cleanup” campaign in an effort encourage people to get outside and volunteer a few hours to make Suffolk a cleaner, greener place to live, work and play this Spring.

The campaign started on St. Patrick’s Day when volunteers were invited to meet at the city parking lot behind the Mills E. Godwin Courts building and “Teamup to Cleanup” East Washington Street and the surrounding area.

On March 31, there was a Nansemond River Cleanup for kayakers, canoes and small boats that launched from Constant’s Wharf Park and Marina.

Next volunteers will meet up on Saturday, April 7 for a Recycling Drive and Tire Amnesty Day at Lowe’s on North Main Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. They will be collecting household hazardous waste, tires without rims of 22″ diameter or less, CFL bulbs, batteries, plastic bags, electronics, gently used clothing and will do document shredding. The recycling drive is for Suffolk residents only.

The last day of the “Great American Cleanup” will be on Saturday, June 2 for the “Clean the Bay Day” all over the city. This is a statewide cleanup organized by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Registration details to come.

During the “Great American Cleanup,” everyone is encouraged to organize their own cleanup by contacting Suffolk Public Works Litter Control at (757) 514-7604.

Wayne Jones, Litter Control Coordinator, said via press release, “It’s a great way to help out the community. Maybe you are a high school student needing community hours, maybe you are a church group wanting to get more involved in your neighborhood or maybe you walk your dog and want to pick up some litter as you go. Whatever your reason for wanting to help Keep Suffolk Beautiful, we will support you with equipment and collection.”