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 has
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org