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Newport News Now is a daily e-newsletter that launched in March 2016. Articles that ran in our newsletter between March 2016 and March 2018 are available on these pages. Newsletters produced beginning in April 2018 can be viewed on our new daily newsletter page.

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May 02

Litter Control Programs Merge Prevention with Collection

Posted on May 2, 2017 at 8:00 AM by Communications Department

Tired of seeing litter in your city? The Community Maintenance Division of the Department of Public Works has a plan to reverse that trend. The plan haslitter 2_SC two parts – prevention and collection. Prevention starts with education, and education begins with City-sponsored outreach programs in schools at community events. The idea is simple – explain how a minor change in behavior can make a huge difference. Something as easy as placing snack wrappers, fast food bags or cigarette butts in designated receptacles rather than dropping them out a car window can make a remarkable change in the appearance of our City.

The second part is collection. Citizens can partner with the City by participating in programs such as Adopt-a-Spot, the popular litter program. Adopt-a-Spot asks a volunteer to participate in four cleanups a year for two years. The City of Newport News has over 40 active adopted locations; you can adopt a spot, too! litter 1_SC

The City has several established programs monitored and coordinated by Community Maintenance. A new program, designed specifically to address the “curb appeal” of the City’s major thoroughfares, is being added this summer. The program offers jobs during the summer and dedicates a team of litter collectors to several high visibility locations, such as the gateways to the City and heavily trafficked arteries for vehicles.

If you are interested in helping combat litter, contact the City of Newport News Citizen Contact Center by dialing 757-933-2311 or emailing