Site Leader Center

All events need to be registered on the Trash Network.

Step 1: create a SITE (the location) ** Returning Site Leaders** Please note that if you registered a site in years past, you will not need to create a new site. You only need to create an event.

Step 2: create an EVENT (date and details)

Register your site and event on the Trash Network.

Email Samantha at [email protected] with any questions!

To register your site, visit the Trash Free Potomac Network

Welcome to the Site Leader Center!
Potomac Cleanup Site Leaders coordinate local cleanup events with support from Alice Ferguson Foundation. Please go through each tab in entirety. This is your toolbox to help organize a successful event. Below you will find a quick overview check list of responsibilities.

Choose location for cleanup
A cleanup can be at a local park, city block, or on the shoreline, essentially anywhere where there is litter. Please follow the safety protocols found in the training manual when choosing a location.

  • Approval to be on land
  • Arrange disposal/pick up
  • Register your event
  • Pick up supplies and review Training materials
  • Day of the event: Give safety speech, have fun, and pick up trash!
  • Submit your results on the Trash Network


Please contact your jurisdiction to acquire permission to be on the land at your chosen location. You may also ask your jurisdiction to pick up trash and recycling after your event. Check out our Potomac Cleanup partners at the bottom of this page to contact the appropriate person. If your location is not listed, try reaching out to your local parks system or public works staff. Remember, the Site Leader is responsible for coordinating trash pick up.


Helpful Hints for Trash Pick Up:

  • 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,
Email: [email protected]

If you are registering a cleanup in Montgomery County Parks please contact Valeria Espinoza: Phone: 301-495-1302,
Email: [email protected] 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: [email protected] or contact Alfred Titus-Glover: Phone: 301-883-7164, Email:
[email protected]

If you are registering a cleanup in the City of Greenbelt please contact Kevin Driscoll: Phone:  240-542-2168,
Email: [email protected]gov

If you are registering a cleanup in Frederick County please contact Suzanne Cliber: Phone: 301-600-7414,
Email: [email protected]

If you are registering a cleanup in the City of Frederick please contact Jenny Willoughby: Phone: 301-600-2843,
Email: [email protected]


District of Columbia

If you are registering a cleanup in Rock Creek Park please contact Maya Hall, Email: [email protected],
Phone: 301-579-3105

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 registering a cleanup in Fairfax County Parks please contact Julie Tahan: Phone: 703-324-8740,
Email: [email protected]

If you are registering a cleanup outside of Fairfax County Parks please contact Clean Fairfax Council: Phone: 703-324-5471,
Email: [email protected]

If you are registering a cleanup in Prince William County please contact Veronica Tangiri Phone: 571-379-7514,
Email: [email protected]

If you are registering a cleanup in Alexandria, please contact Gavin Pellitteri: Phone: 703-746-4071,
Email: [email protected]

If you are registering a cleanup in Arlington, please contact Lyndell Core: Phone: 703-228-6523, Email: [email protected]



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 [email protected]. or go to


National Parks

If you are registering a cleanup in the C&O National Historical Park please contact Rod : Phone: 301-745-8888, Email: [email protected]

If you are registering a cleanup in the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park please contact Samantha Zurbuch: Phone: 304-535-5017, Email: [email protected]

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

Cleanup Training Workshops


We are excited to host Cleanup Leader Training in Maryland, DC, and Virginia!

We also have District training for the Adopt-A-Stream Program


— Locations & Dates —

2021 Potomac Cleanup Workshops

Stay tuned for Fall Workshops

Adopt-A-Stream Workshops

Stay tuned for Fall Workshops

If you are interested in a private training
please contact
[email protected]

This training will equip you with the tools for leading a successful community trash cleanup. Site leaders will leave with the skills to foster a transformative volunteer experience and the practical supplies needed to conduct a cleanup.

Do you want to see a Site Leader training in your neighborhood, at your school, or in your community? Let’s make it happen! Contact us at [email protected]

The Site Leader Planning Guide is an online material that includes detailed information about leading a cleanup, including a planning checklist, a sample cleanup schedule, and safety guidelines. You can download this online tool here: Site Leader Planning Guide.


Site Leader Safety Training Video


Site Leader Resources


Cleanup Supply Info


Thanks to our sponsors, the Alice Ferguson Foundation is able to provide 33-gallon trash bags and gloves to all Potomac Cleanup volunteers. We provide blue bags (for recyclables) and yellow bags (for trash). We also provide latex coated cotton gloves.

Supply amounts are based on site registration information. Supplies are NOT guaranteed to site leaders after the registration deadline.


Supply Pick-up

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:




Rock Creek National Park, Nature Center

Contact: Rita Gunther,
Phone: 202-895-6016
Email: [email protected]
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
Phone: 703-746-4071,
Email:[email protected]
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
Email: [email protected]
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
Phone: 703-256-7717
Email: [email protected]
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
Phone: 703-780-7518
Email: [email protected]
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
Phone: 571-379-7514
Email: [email protected]
Address: 8850 Rixlew Lane, VA 20109
Instructions: Call or e-mail to request date and time for pickup
Date & Time: 8:00am-4:30pm

Reston Association 
Contact: William Peterson, Watershed Manager
Phone: 703-435-6535
Email: [email protected]
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
Phone: 301-274-8107
Email: [email protected]
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
Phone: 301-600-2843
[email protected]
Address: 121 North Bentz St Frederick, MD 21701

Frederick County Government – Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources
Contact: Suzanne Cliber
Phone: 301-600-7414 
Email: [email protected]
Address: 121 North Bentz St Frederick, MD 21701

Montgomery County Parks and Planning
Contact: Valeria Espinoza
Email: [email protected]
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 locations




Alice Ferguson Foundation
Contact: Samantha Battersby
Phone: 301-292-5665 dial 2
Email: [email protected]
Address: 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD 20607
Date & Time for Pick-up: Please contact

Contact: Kevin Driscoll
Phone: 240-542-2168
[email protected]gov 
Address: 555 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770
Instructions: Please call ahead to schedule a pickup.




Charles County – Department of Public Works 
Contact: Meg Romero
Phone: 301-932-3445
Email: [email protected]
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
Phone: 301-745-8888
Email: [email protected]
Address: 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21740
* For C&O Canal Sites