Citizen and Business Action
Citizens and businesses can make a big difference in our communities by becoming aware of how each of us may contribute to litter. Citizen-driven cleanups and pride programs are the core of the County's efforts to keep a litter-free community.
The County's Litter Control Crew
The County's Litter Control Crews are an important part of Neighborhood Services' efforts to assist citizens with safe and clean communities. Teams work along roadways, communities and at illegal dump sites to properly dispose of litter, debris and trash.
Prince William County established a litter control program in the fall of 1997. They have made significant contributions and accomplishments by improving the character of our County by eliminated unwanted litter and debris in places visited and seen by the public. This makes Prince William County more attractive and inviting to all!
The litter program's overall goal is to improve the appearance and image of the community where state highway crews (VDOT) and neighborhood groups are unable to act.
The Litter Crew has four teams with two crew members who work a daily agenda of removing trash and debris within the State right-of-way, and removing garbage at illegal dumpsites.
Litter Crew Accomplishments
The Litter Crew makes a significant impact on day-to-day quality of life in our County. These dedicated public service professionals work hard summer and winter, rain or shine for the betterment of our community.
Since 2008, the Litter Crew has:
Some Facts About Litter:
Per Keep America Beautiful, along roadways motorists (52%) and pedestrians (23%) are the biggest contributors to litter. Research also shows that individuals under 30 are more likely to litter than those who are older. In fact, age, and not gender, is a significant predictor of littering behavior.
Why do people litter? Here’s what KAB’s 2009 Littering Behavior in America research found:
- From the 2009 KAB Littering Behavior in America research - Keep America Beautiful
County Initiatives--Citizens, Businesses and the Litter Control Crew Working Together
We're proud of the cost effective services provided by our Litter Control Crew. They have made Prince William County a better place. However, a truly effective program to keep our communities clean, safe and sustainable combines the efforts of everyone in the community. There are two major initiatives to support neighborhoods.
FIRST INITIATIVE--THE COUNTY SPONSORED DUMPSTER DAYS
Our first effort is the PWC Dumpster Days campaign. This effort partners Public Works (Neighborhood Services, the Litter Control Crew, the Solid Waste Division) with volunteers and neighbors. Solid Waste provides dumpsters so residents can bring trash, debris and refuse items cluttering yards and other places around the home for proper disposal. This gives neighbors a chance to dispose of unused, unwanted and improperly stored items. It helps a community to improve its appearance and tidy up debris and unwanted materials.
A few suggestions for how your neighborhood can join our campaign:
SECOND INITIATIVE--PARTNERSHIP WITH KEEP PRINCE WILLIAM BEAUTIFUL
The second effort allows Neighborhood Services to collaborate with Keep Prince William Beautiful, a non-profit organization dedicated to a clean and litter free Prince William.
Keep Prince William Beautiful provides community cleanup guidance, a variety of educational materials, as well as supplies to support your cleanup effort. KPWB coordinates Adopt-a-Spot programs and will support your neighborhood cleanups. KPWB can be reached at 571-285-3772.