Programs

Programs at Keep Norfolk Beautiful

Adopt-A-Spot & Community Cleanups (ongoing) 

Keep Norfolk Beautiful relies on the hard work of our volunteers to help us Keep Norfolk Beautiful. Through the Adopt-A-Spot and Community Cleanup programs, volunteers have the opportunity to conduct cleanups around the city. The Adopt-A-Spot program asks that groups or individuals conduct a cleanup every three months at a designated location. Community Cleanups offer volunteers an opportunity to plan their own cleanups. Keep Norfolk Beautiful will provide trash bags, gloves, trash grabbers, safety vests, Cleanup report forms, sign in sheets and training for both programs.

To register or learn more: Adopt-A-Spot
To register or learn more: Community Cleanups
Have a question? Email Adopt-a-Spot

Special Event Recycling Program

Learn more about how you can bring recycling to your next event

Jam n' Jamz

Join the Friends of Norfolk's Environment on January 12, 2019 at Lafayette Park from 10am to 2pm for the annual Jam'n Jamz event. Norfolk residents can get a free tree, shrub or vine. Also enjoy vendors for beekeeping, Tree Trivia, Bay Star Homes, and Grow Norfolk. Take part in jam cooking demonstrations, tastings, and pick up recipes and tips.

Volunteers are needed from 8am to 11am. Volunteers get first pick of plants to take home! For more information email the Volunteer Coordinator

Spring Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Each spring, in April, Keep Norfolk Beautiful hosts a household hazardous waste collection event. With the help of volunteers, residents have an opportunity to participate in a drive through drop off of their unwanted items. Each year there are special giveaways for participating residents. Don't want to wait until spring? Not to worry, Household Hazardous Waste Collection also takes place in November!


Find out more about Household Hazardous Waste (PDF)
Find out more about E-Cycling (PDF)
Have a question? Email the event coordinator

Great American Cleanup

Every year, March through May, Keep Norfolk Beautiful and various partners come together for a spring time litter cleanup campaign. It's the perfect time of year to get outside and prevent litter from entering our waterways and improve the overall aesthetics of our beautiful city. Volunteers can conduct their own cleanups, join a group, or participate in one of our events. Events include Norfolk planting day, Household Hazardous Waste Collection, Keep Norfolk Beautiful day, and Earth Month.

Have a question? Email the event coordinator

Clean The Bay Day

Clean the Bay Day has become an area tradition. In partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Keep Norfolk Beautiful and volunteer leaders host cleanups throughout the city on the first Saturday in June. The goal: Clean the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Though the focus is on preventing litter in marine environments, it's important to remember where that litter came from. Probably just up the road or maybe it came from miles away. By land or by sea Clean the Bay Day has become an important and fun summer event in Norfolk. We look forward to seeing you this year!

Have a question? Email the event coordinator

The International Coastal Cleanup

At Keep Norfolk Beautiful we like to welcome fall with two months full of litter cleanup opportunities. September through October is the International Coastal Cleanup. Keep Norfolk Beautiful and volunteer site leaders host cleanups throughout the city. But, this isn't your average cleanup.

The International Coastal Cleanup involves citizen science. Volunteers work in teams and use litter tracking sheets to track the various types of litter being picked up. This event happens around the world and provides valuable data on what the current litter issues are. Keep Norfolk Beautiful, The Ocean Conservancy, Clean Virginia Waterways, and Keep America Beautiful use this data to help with education and litter messages. It is thanks to our volunteers and partners that we are able to host such an amazing and interesting event.

Have a question? Email the event coordinator

Fall Household Hazardous Waste Collection 

Spring is not the only time for cleaning! Each spring, in April, Keep Norfolk Beautiful hosts a household hazardous waste collection event. With the help of volunteers, residents have an opportunity to participate in a drive through drop off of their unwanted items. Each year there are special giveaways for participating residents. Don't want to wait until November? Not to worry, Clean Out to Clean Up also takes place in April!


Find out more about Household Hazardous Waste (PDF)
Find out more about E-Cycling (PDF)
Have a question? Email the event coordinator