You can help create a trash free community by taking care of your trash and encouraging your friends, family and community to do the same. The Alice Ferguson Foundation is working throughout the Potomac watershed to spread the message about how litter impacts the quality of our water and our life.

To help your community join the effort feel free to download toolkit items on our resources page.

Trash Free Deanwood

Starting in late 2010, the Regional Litter Prevention Campaign was piloted in the Community of Deanwood in Washington, DC. As the first neighborhood-based campaign, the Alice Ferguson Foundation developed and implemented community outreach strategies that were geared towards reducing litter in the community.

Lessons Learned from Deanwood

Trash Free Deanwood
  • Understand and appreciate the current activities in the community
  • Identify and address the needs of community residents
  • Establish a centrally located place for residents to find out more information or to get involved
  • Provide engaged citizens with ‘Ways to Get Involved’.
  • Have an engaging display that is dramatic and relevant.
  • Utilize large visuals.
  • Meet people in places where they are already engaged.

Deanwood Today:

We continue to work to expand relationships in the community including working with the recreation center, which is the main point of access for many community residents. We are also working with 6 schools in the Greater Deanwood area to help them become Trash Free Schools. Schools include: Houston Elementary School, Kimball Elementary School, Nannie Helen Burroughs Elementary School, Burrville Elementary School, Aiton Elementary School and Anne Beers Elementary School.

After learning from the pilot of the community litter prevention campaign in Deanwood, outreach expanded to the communities of Forest Heights/Oxon Hill in 2012.

Trash Free Forest Heights

The Town of Forest Heights, located in Prince Georges County, Maryland, also borders Southeast Washington, D.C, has been working towards becoming a Trash Free Community. We are working to integrate the trash and litter message into Mayor Jacqueline Goodall’s green infrastructure and stormwater Initiatives.


  • On April 28, 2012 approximately, 40 resident volunteers joined the Mayor and the City Council for a community Cleanup at the Oxon Run Creek.
  • Environmental presentations conducted for student and volunteer participants with the towns’ After School Enrichment Program.
  • 75 Litter Campaign Posters have been hung in businesses, schools, churches, and on community boards throughout the town.
  • 3 Outdoor Banners have been hung in high traffic areas to engage residents.
  • The Alice Ferguson Foundation and Mayor Goodall have worked to provide 275 reusable bags to the town’s residents.
  • Currently Forest Heights Elementary School is the first Trash Free School within the community. The students recently completed a school yard cleanup where 100% of the students body participated in a schoolyard and stream/ creek cleanup.


New Trash Free Communities

We are currently working with several community leaders and organizations in Capitol Heights and Suitland to help them become a Trash Free Community. For more information about becoming a Trash Free Community, check out our toolkit.