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23nd Annual Rockbridge Area Community Clean Up

Saturday, March 25 - Sunday, April 2, 2017

RACC, Rockbridge County and VDOT are enlisting the efforts of organizations and groups, students, families, and individual volunteers to help beautify our Rockbridge home. In an effort to raise additional awareness to litter issues in our community the 23nd Annual Rockbridge Area Community Cleanup will once again include the Litter Challenge! The group collecting the most wins the Litter Cup created by Mark Cline. In 2016, the Litter Challenge was won by a nine person team called The Trash Bashers, who collected 60 bags worth of trash. At a Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors meeting, the youngest members of the team accepted the Litter Cup from the President of RACC Lee Merrill.

Participate in the 2017 Litter Challenge during the 23rd Annual Community Cleanup Week, and see if you can take the Litter Cup from The Trash Bashers. Contest rules are listed below.

  • If you have an on-going cleanup project such as Adopt-a-Highway, we encourage you to share in the spirit by doing your work on the community date.
  • You may design your own project (such as picking up trash along county roads or city streets, cleaning up a park or trail, or hauling items out of a roadside dump).
  • Or, if you wish, we will suggest a job from our list of areas in need of cleaning up.

Litter Challenge Rules:

  • The Litter Challenge is open to any Rockbridge County, Lexington City and Buena Vista City club, organization, business, school, family, or individual(s).
  • Please provide a team name if you are participating in the Litter Challenge. Each team must sign up with RACC and designate a roadway or project.
  • Each team must have a list of team members and roadways cleaned. Teams will submit photos of each full bag of trash, tires and/or debris collected. Photos will need to be put into a collage to verify amount collected and sent to cleanup@rockbridgeconservation.org or a collage on poster board can be dropped off at the RACC office (above Wells Fargo) or the Community Development Office, 150 S. Main Street, Lexington, VA 24450. Please submit your documentation by April 15.
  • Participants will be judged on the number of bags of trash collected on the County and City roadways. Judges will determine the winning team based on the photo documentation presented to them. Note: RACC and the County of Rockbridge reserve the right to use any photo documentation from the Litter Challenge in educational and press materials.
  • The winning team will be presented with the Litter Cup, and will maintain possession of the Cup until the next Community Cleanup Day.

Registration: Simply go to the sign up form below. Or print and fill out this printable form and then mail it or take it to the RACC office. We will label your project location and team name on the Cleanup Map when we get it. Check it out! Encourage your neighbors to join in!

Supplies: After about March 15, orange bags and safety vests will be available at the following locations:

  • Adopt-a-Highway groups: VDOT office
  • Everyone else: Any County Recycling Center, Rockbridge County Community Development Office, or any Rockbridge Regional Library in-county branch.
  • After the clean-up, please return orange vests to the library or the RACC office within two weeks following the event. They are expensive and must be re-used.  Return extra bags too.

Help us get the word out! Print out this flyer and post it at your work, church or neighborhood store, or email the flyer your friends. Thank you!

Cleanup Tips: VDOT will collect orange trash bags left along the roadside.  You may leave large items for disposal (tires, wire, etc.) next to orange bags.  If you work in an area inaccessible to VDOT trucks, please move bags to the nearest roadway. 
-- Recycling, if collected, clean, and separated, must be delivered to a County Recycling Center.
--New this year, tires collected during a cleanup will be accepted by the Landfill March 25 until Saturday, April 1. Please tell them you're part of a cleanup team and what roadway you were cleaning and they will accept the tires without charge.

A Note of Caution: Cleanup participants are advised to wear gloves and orange safety vests, work facing traffic, and be very careful on busy roads.  Large CAUTION signs are available from VDOT.  Volunteers assume responsibility for their own safety and supervision; no other agency (RACC, VDOT, local governments, etc.) can assume liability for any damage, injury, or loss to any person from any cause.

*Different dates are OK: You are welcome to choose a different date, or postpone due to weather, but if picking up on an alternate date, please alert Clean Up volunteers at cleanup@rockbridgeconservation.org to arrange bag pick-up by VDOT.

Sign up form follows - scroll or jump down to the map to see if your road is already taken.

Below is a map showing signups to date plus some roads that need your attention this spring (in red--send us your suggestions for roads that need cleaning).

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