The Litter Control Office works to lead our community to reduce litter, recycle right, and beautify the City of Suffolk through education and volunteerism.  The office serves as the liaison to the Suffolk Clean Community Commission.  

The Commission promotes public interest in the general improvement of the environment; initiates, plans and coordinates programs for litter control and encourages the planting and preservation of trees, flowers, plants, shrubs and other objects of ornamentation.  The Commission (SCCC) is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful - Keep Suffolk Beautiful.


Litter Prevention
Recycling Info
Ed Outreach


Adopt-A-Street / Spot

Volunteers collect thousands of pounds of trash every year. Groups and individuals clean a section of road or area four times a year. This program is free and makes a huge difference in the fight against litter.  You can find out more information and how to get involved on our Adopt-A-Street / Spot page. 

Community Cleanups 

Get your group, pick a date, and we will help with the rest. Don’t know where to clean? We can help you find a location. Community Cleanups can be scheduled anytime throughout the year and we will provide supplies.

Great American Clean Up - Team Up 2 Clean Up

Every year from March through May people across Suffolk take part in the nation’s largest community improvement program. The Great American Cleanup prompts individuals to take greater responsibility for their local environment by conducting grassroots community service projects that engage volunteers, local businesses, and civic leaders.  

Recycling Drive and Tire Amnesty Days  

These collection event are held twice a year and invite Suffolk residents to  drop off, household hazardous waste, electronics, clothing, batteries, tires and lots more.  You can find more information on Recycling Drive and Tire Amnesty Day page.

Nansemond River Cleanup

Join us for a fun morning on the river cleaning up the wetlands. We will be removing litter and debris from the downtown part of the Nansemond River. Must supply own watercraft but litter grabbers and bags will be provided. Don’t have a boat? No worries, you can help on land cleaning up litter before it makes it to the river. Hope you can make it!

Clean the Bay Day  

The first Saturday in June you will see thousands of Virginians descend on the rivers, streams, and beaches of the Chesapeake Bay watershed to remove harmful litter and debris. This is a great opportunity for families, military installations, businesses, clubs, civic or church groups to give back to local waterways.

International Coastal Cleanup

Not your average cleanup. Join thousands of volunteers around the world as we track and collect litter, preventing it from polluting our environment and collecting valuable data along the way!

St Patrick’s Day Cleanup

Wear something green and join us for a few hours cleaning up in downtown Suffolk.  Then when you are finished check out the local restaurants some something to eat and drink!

Zombie Cleanup

Every Halloween we get dressed up and the army of the undead head downtown cleaning as they go.  Lots of fun and prizes for those who get dressed up.   

The Church Cleanup Challenge

Your church chooses a street, local park or public space and gathers a team of volunteers to conduct a cleanup.  We can help you find a location if needed! We also provide a cleanup promotion kit, supply all the cleanup equipment and coordinate the collection of bags and debris after your cleanup. You snap some pictures of your team and send them to us along with a friendly challenge to another church in Suffolk, nominating them to conduct a cleanup.  The challenge starts in mid-September and lasts for two months ending in mid-November.