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Posted on: February 23, 2021

The 26th Annual Community Clean-Up

26th nearly-Annual Rockbridge Area Community Clean Up
Saturday, March 20 - Sunday, March 30, 2021

COVID got us last year but we're reviving the event this spring and boy do those roads need it! Get your group together, and your masks, and sign up to participate in the clean-up this year!


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 26th Annual Rockbridge Area Community Cleanup will once again include the Litter Challenge! The group collecting the greatest number of bags wins the Litter Cup created by Mark Cline.

For four years running, the Litter Challenge title holder has been the "Trash Bashers," with the 2019 team shown below. Last year they collected 59 bags worth of trash.
--- Can your team beat the Trash Bashers this year? ----

Participate in the 2021 Litter Challenge during the 26th Annual Community Cleanup Week to 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 during the community clean up period..
  • 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. Check the map to see if people have suggestions.

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 must be 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 Friday, April 2, 2021 to be considered.
  • 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 event.

Supplies: On or about Friday, March 12, orange bags and safety vests will be available at the following locations:

  • Adopt-a-Highway groups: VDOT office
  • Everyone elseAny County Recycling Center or any Rockbridge Regional Library in-county branch.
  • After the clean-up, please return orange vests and leftover bags to the recycling center, library or the RACC office within two weeks following the event. The vests are expensive and must be re-used. 

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.

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.

Please sign up for your section of roadway prior to the event
Sign up Form -- Rockbridge Area Clean Up 2021

Check the map below to see where projects are needed and others have signed up. The cleanup coordinator will put your group/location on the map after you sign up.


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