Free Volunteer Workshops
Our free cleanup workshops will equip you all the knowledge and tools you need to lead a successful trash cleanup in your community, neighborhood or park.
Do you want to see a Trash Cleanup Site Leader training in your neighborhood, at your school, or in your community? Let’s make it happen! Contact us.
Download the Trash Cleanup Leader Guide
We’ve made all the resources you need to organize your own cleanup available below and in this easy-to-download free guide.
Everything You Need To Make A Cleanup Happen
Step 1: Make Sure You Have Permission (And Plan for Trash Pickup!)
Please contact your jurisdiction to acquire permission to be on the land at your chosen cleanup location. You may also ask your jurisdiction to pick up trash and recycling after your event. Below are Potomac Cleanup partners to contact in order to obtain permission and guidance on trash removal for your cleanup location. If your location is not listed, try reaching out to your local parks system or public works staff. Remember, the Cleanup Leader is responsible for coordinating trash pick up.
Helpful Hints for Trash Pickup
- Usually, the person who gives permission to be on the land will also be able to assist in trash pick up.
- Local businesses, churches, schools, etc. may donate the use of their dumpsters. Contact them prior to the event.
- Divide the Cleanup bags among volunteers and have them put the trash & recyclables out with curbside pick up.
- Call your local landfill to ask for a dumping waiver. They are usually very happy to provide a waiver for you to properly dispose of the trash for free.
- If you have large amounts of trash that would call for a dumpster, oftentimes your local waste removal company will be glad to donate a dumpster for the day, delivered and picked up!
- If you have any questions about trash disposal, PLEASE call us! We are happy to connect you with the right people. It is very important that you confirm trash pick up for your site. Thank you!
Potomac Cleanup Partners
If you are registering a cleanup in Charles County please contact Meg Romero: Phone: 301-932-3445,
If you are registering a cleanup in Montgomery County Parks please contact Valeria Espinoza: Phone: 301-495-1302,
Email: Valeria.Espinoza@montgomeryparks.org. When emailing, please include PRWC in the subject line.
If you are registering a cleanup in Prince George’s County please contact Udoma Ohiri: Phone: 301-883-5829,
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Alfred Titus-Glover: Phone: 301-883-7164, Email: ATitus-Glover@co.pg.md.us
If you are registering a cleanup in the City of Greenbelt please contact Kevin Driscoll: Phone: 240-542-2168,
If you are registering a cleanup in Frederick County please contact Suzanne Cliber: Phone: 301-600-7414,
If you are registering a cleanup in the City of Frederick please contact Jenny Willoughby: Phone: 301-600-2843,
If you are registering a cleanup in Fairfax County Parks please contact Julie Tahan: Phone: 703-324-8740,
If you are registering a cleanup outside of Fairfax County Parks please contact Clean Fairfax Council: Phone: 703-324-5471,
If you are registering a cleanup in Prince William County please contact Veronica Tangiri Phone: 571-379-7514,
If you are registering a cleanup in Alexandria, please contact Gavin Pellitteri: Phone: 703-746-4071,
If you are registering a cleanup in Arlington, please contact Lyndell Core: Phone: 703-228-6523, Email: Lcore@arlingtonva.us
If you are registering a cleanup in Rock Creek Park please contact Maya Hall, Email: email@example.com,
If you are registering a cleanup in the District of Columbia please contact District of Columbia Department of Public Works
Phone: 202-737-4404. If you need extra supplies and approval go through Helping Hands
If you are interested in registering a cleanup in Pennsylvania (Somerset, Fulton, Bedford, Franklin or Adams counties) please contact Michelle Dunn at Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful 877-772-3673 ext. 113 or firstname.lastname@example.org. or go to www.keeppabeautiful.org/keep-pennsylvania-beautiful-clean-it/
If you are registering a cleanup in the C&O National Historical Park please contact Rod : Phone: 301-745-8888, Email: email@example.com
If you are registering a cleanup in the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park please contact Samantha Zurbuch: Phone: 304-535-5017, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are on National Park land please call the headquarters of the individual park you are cleaning up. You will also need an NPS Volunteer Service Agreement
Step 2. Register Your Cleanup on the Map
- Log In or register.
Log in to your Alice Ferguson Foundation Community Volunteer account, or sign up here.
- Create your cleanup event
You can create your cleanup event from your account dashboard, or by clicking here.
- Make sure everything looks right
You can view all your events on your dashboard here.
- Share with other volunteers!
Invite your friends, family or coworkers to join you in making a difference this cleanup season.
- Don’t forget to submit your cleanup results
After your cleanup, submit your data and results (how much trash collected, etc) by clicking on your event. The information we gather can be used and shared to make better trash policies and see if new policies are working.
Step 3: Plan to pick up your supplies.
Cleanup Supply Info
Thanks to our sponsors, the Alice Ferguson Foundation is able to provide 33-gallon trash bags and latex coated cotton gloves to Potomac Cleanup volunteers during the spring cleanup season. If you’d like to request supplies for your cleanup, make sure you register your event through our website system.
Supply amounts are based on cleanup registration information. Supplies are NOT guaranteed to cleanup leaders after the registration deadline.
Main Distribution: Alice Ferguson Foundation – Accokeek, Maryland
Regional Pick-up Stations – A list of distribution sites are below. You must select that you need supplies and your preferred pick-up location during registration to ensure the delivery of your supplies to your pick-up location. Supplies will be delivered to distribution points in late March.
Find a pick-up location in your region:
District of Columbia
Rock Creek National Park, Nature Center
Contact: Rita Gunther,
Address: 5200 Glover Road, Washington, D.C. 20015
Date & Time for Pick-up: Contact Rita
Instructions: Follow signs in the Park to the Nature Center. Check-in at the front desk or call ahead.
* Servicing NW DC and Rock Creek Sites Only
City of Alexandria
Contact: Gavin Pellitteri
Address: 2900 Business Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22314
Instructions: Please call ahead to schedule pick up between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.
* Servicing Alexandria and Northern Virginia locations
Fairfax County Government Center
Contact: Dan Schwartz
Address: 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 905, Fairfax, VA 22035
Instructions: Email to schedule a date & time to pick up supplies. Supplies will be left in a secure drop box at the front of the building.
Date & Time for Pick-up: If scheduled in advance, supply pick up is available at any time
* Servicing Fairfax County and Northern Virginia locations
Office of Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross
Contact: Charles Barkhimer
Fax: (703) 354-8419
Address: 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA. 22003
Instructions: *Please call or email ahead to schedule pick up time and we will bring the supplies out to you since the office is closed to the public– 8:30 am-4:30 pm *This is subject to change due to the pandemic.
* In Eastern Fairfax
Office of Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck
Contact: Camela Speer
Address: 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria, VA 22306
Instructions: Please email or call ahead of time to schedule a pickup.
*southern Fairfax County
Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District
Contact: Veronica Tangiri
Address: 8850 Rixlew Lane, VA 20109
Instructions: Call or e-mail to request date and time for pickup
Date & Time: 8:00am-4:30pm
Contact: William Peterson, Watershed Manager
Address: 12250 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, VA 20190
Instructions: Please call ahead to schedule pick up between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.
* In Northern Fairfax
Contact: Curtis Dalpra
Address: 30 W. Gude Drive, Suite 450, Rockville, MD 20850
Date & Time for Pick-up: Call ahead to make arrangements.
Instructions: Please call or email ahead to schedule pick up time and we will determine the safest method for pick-up beforehand. *This is subject to change due to the pandemic
* Servicing Rockville, and Western Maryland locations as well as locations in Pennsylvania
City of Frederick Department of Public Works
Contact: Jenny Willoughby
Address: 121 North Bentz St Frederick, MD 21701
Frederick County Government – Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources
Contact: Suzanne Cliber
Address: 121 North Bentz St Frederick, MD 21701
Montgomery County Parks and Planning
Contact: Valeria Espinoza
Instructions: Contact at least two days in advance to schedule pick-up times. Pick-ups can be scheduled between 8: 30 am-5: 00 pm.
Address: 2425 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, MD 20902
* Servicing Silver Spring and Montgomery County location.
Alice Ferguson Foundation
Contact: Samantha Battersby
Phone: 301-292-5665 dial 2
Address: 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD 20607
Date & Time for Pick-up: Please contact
Charles County – Department of Public Works
Contact: Meg Romero
Address: 1001 Radio Station Road, La Plata, Maryland 20646
Date & Time for Pick-up: Supplies will be available the week before the cleanup (Mon-Fri), from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Charles County’s Public Works Administration Building, 10430 Audie Lane, La Plata, MD 20646.
Instructions: Contact Meg if a different pick-up date or time is needed.
* Servicing Charles County, St. Mary’s County & King George, VA
C&O Canal Trust
Contact: Rod Newton
Address: 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21740
* For C&O Canal Sites
Cleanup Event Leader Resources & Downloadables
Click below to download volunteer waivers, guidebook, talking points and a sign-in sheet for your cleanup.
Map of Cleanup Events.
What started as a few cleanup events along the Potomac River is now a regional event spanning Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
Help us make a difference.