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.

Call Hannah at 202-417-3524 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 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, often times 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 in Charles County please contact Frances Sherman: Phone: 301-932-3569, Email: [email protected]

If you are in Montgomery County Parks please contact Henry Coppola: Phone: 301-495-2476, Email: [email protected] When emailing, please include PRWC in the subject line.

If you are 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 protected]

District of Columbia

If you are in Rock Creek Park please contact John Maleri Phone: 301.579.3105, Email: [email protected]

If you are in the District of Columbia please contact Eddie Sanders III and Jerry Stanback: Phone: 301-699-6204 x109, Email: [email protected], [email protected]


If you are in Fairfax County please contact Dan Schwartz: Phone: 703-324-1422, Email: [email protected]

If you are in Prince William County please contact Jeannie Heflin Phone: 571-379-7514, Email: [email protected]

If you are in Alexandria, please contact Wisdom Gbediame: Phone: 703-746-4071 Email: [email protected]

If you are in Arlington, please contact Aileen Winquist: Phone: 703-228-3610 Email: [email protected]

National Parks

If you are registering a site in the C&O National Historic Park please contact Becky Curtis: Phone: 301-745-8888, Email: [email protected]

If you are registering a site 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



Site Leader Training Workshops


We are excited to host a Site Leader training in Maryland, DC, and Virginia!

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, February 3, 2018
REI Flagship Store
201 M St NE, Washington, DC 20002

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, February 10, 2018
City of Fairfax Regional Library
10360 North St, Fairfax, VA 22030

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Hillcrest Heights Library
2398 Iverson St, Temple Hills, Maryland 20748

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 insure 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: Maggie Zadorozny
Phone: 202-895-6225
Email: [email protected] 
Address: 5200 Glover Road, Washington, D.C. 20015
Date & Time for Pick-up: Contact Maggie
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: Sara DeGroot
Phone: o. 703-746-4127, c. 571-289-1297
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
Phone: 703-324-1422
Email: [email protected]
Address: 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 905, Fairfax, VA 22035
Instructions: Call and request a date & time to pick up supplies.
Date & Time for Pick-up: Supply pick up available during business hours.
* 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 ahead – 8:30am-4:30pm
* In Eastern Fairfax

Office of Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland 
Contact: Donna Slaymaker

Phone: 703-780-7518
Email: [email protected]
Address: 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria, VA 22306
*southern Fairfax County

Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District
Contact: Jeannie Heflin
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: Nicki Bellezza, Watershed Manager
Email: [email protected]
Address: 12250 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, VA 20190
Instructions: Call ahead to request date and time for pickup.
* 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: Call or email ahead of time to schedule a time for pickup.
* Servicing Rockville, MD locations

City of Frederick Department of Public Works
Contact: Jenny Willoughby
Phone: 301-600-2843
Email: [email protected]
Address: 140 W. Patrick St. Frederick, MD 21701

Montgomery County Parks and Planning
Contact: Henry Coppola
Phone: 301-495-2476
Email: [email protected]
Instructions: Contact at least two days in advance to schedule pick-up times. Pick-ups can be scheduled between 8:30am-5:00pm.
Directions: 495 (Beltway) to Georgia Avenue Exit. Go North on Georgia Avenue. Take a quick right on Forest Glen Road. A little under a mile, take a right on Sligo Creek Parkway. After passing golf course on left side, look for Brunett Avenue, take left. First road on left is driveway up hill to Parkside Headquarters. Go up hill, and park anywhere in lot. If picking up large quantity of supplies, make prior arrangements to drive directly to shed behind building (reserved parking only). Address is 9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20901.
* Servicing Silver Spring and Montgomery County locations



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

Contact: Luisa Robles
Phone: (240) 542-2168.
Email: [email protected] 
Address: 555 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770
Instructions: Please call ahead to schedule a pick up. 

Prince George’s County Government Center 
Contact: Udomah Ohiri
Phone: 301 883-5829
Email: [email protected] 
Address: 1220 Caraway Court, Suite 1050, Largo, Maryland 20774
Check back for instructions
* Servicing Prince George’s County



Charles County – Department of Public Works 
Contact: Frances ‘Frankie’ Sherman
Phone: 301-932-3569
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 Frankie 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: Becky Curtis
Phone: 301.745.8889
Email:  [email protected]
Address: 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21740
* For C&O Canal Sites