As part of our ongoing litter removal mission, Keep Loudoun Beautiful (KLB) introduces our Adopt-a-Spot Program. We are asking for volunteers (individuals and shared housing groups) to commit to beautifying Loudoun by adopting a spot, block, pathway, park, road, parking lot, creek, or any publicly accessible area through the rest of the year.
Although picking up litter does not sound fun, adopting a spot is an extremely rewarding volunteer activity that you can participate while enjoying safe social-distancing walks or hikes. Not only will you feel good, but research has shown that “one of the strongest contributors to littering is the prevalence of existing litter.”[i] People are less likely to litter in areas that are clean, therefore by regularly cleaning up your spot you will be helping to reduce future littering.
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- Select a spot (or spots)! Tell your friends, share on social media, get the word out that you are committed to keeping Loudoun beautiful.
- Individuals or shared households are expected to commit to the regular clean-up of their chosen spot through 2020.
- Take appropriate measures to contain, store, and dispose of all litter and debris collected during litter removal.
- Spread the word about your good deed: After a clean-up activity, take a picture of the litter collected and/or before and after pictures of the spot and post them to Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), tag Keep Loudoun Beautiful, and add hashtag: #KLBAdoptASpot Alternatively, email your results to firstname.lastname@example.org. KLB will retweet, share, and highlight selected spots and volunteers that are making a difference in our community.
- Set dates for your clean ups and put on your calendar (at least once a month).
- Use plastic grocery bags.
- Sort recyclable materials and deposit in your home recycling bins if available.
All volunteers are expected to practice all safety recommendations: wear gloves, maintain safe social distancing, and do not touch or pick up any potentially hazardous materials. If hazardous materials are found, please contact Loudoun County Waste Management. Safety is a paramount concern.
If you need gloves or trash bags, please contact us at email@example.com.
Once COVID-19 concerns dissipate, KLB plans to organize a community-wide clean up event, but until then,let’s all do our part to keep our county clean and beautiful. Thank you for making a difference!