How You Can Help
- Pick up the litter and trash around your property, rather than sweeping these items into the street, alley or gutter, as they will eventually end up in the Potomac Bay.
- Residential property owners are responsible for maintaining the sidewalks adjacent to their property. Commercial property owners are responsible for the public space around their property including the curb and gutter area.
- Use the street litter and recycling cans as you walk along the City’s commercial streets. The litter cans are for pedestrian trash only, not household trash.
- To obtain street and alley cleaning services, use Call.Click.Connect., the City’s online customer service system or call 703.746.HELP (4357).
Ornamental Litter Can Program
The Street Cleaning program is responsible for maintaining all ornamental litter collection containers throughout the City. The crews maintain approximately 800 litter collection containers throughout the City.
Adopt-a-Block Litter Program
The City of Alexandria City Council approved the Adopt-A-Block Litter Program to promote partnerships between the City and Alexandria residents to maintain litter free neighborhoods and streets. The City’s Adopt-A-Block program is modeled after the Virginia Adopt-A-Block Highway Program introduced in 1988 by the Virginia Department of Transportation to “Keep Virginia Beautiful”.
Why Do People Litter? According to research conducted by Keep America Beautiful, Inc, it was found that people litter because they:
- Feel no sense of ownership for the property or land
- Believe someone else will pick up after them
- See litter has already accumulated at a site.
How can I help to change people’s attitudes about litter? Participating in the Adopt-a-Block program can help affect people’s attitudes about waste and its handling, which will lead to a reduction in litter and dumping.
- By removing litter, graffiti and cleaning up an area will make it less likely to attract more waste.
- Involving people helps them to appreciate the environment more and learn that their actions matter.
Adopt-a-Block Participants Responsibilities
- Review the Adopt-a-Block Agreement. - *Participating groups must be an established business, government entity, or community or public organization. Participants must be at least 8 years of age, and anyone under the age of 17 must have adult supervision (at least one adult for every three children).
- Adopt a four-block section, at a minimum, of roadway for a period of two years (one block includes both sides of the street.)
- Sign and support the terms and conditions of the litter program.
- Collect litter a minimum of four times per year, or more often if necessary, to keep area reasonably clean. Please report the amount of litter collected and any sidewalk issues, street lamp outages, etc by completing and returning the Adopt-a-Block Clean Up Report Form.
City Resource Recovery Division Adopt-a-Block Responsibilities
- Installation of an Adopt-a-Block sign with group name or organization
- Provide vests, trash bags, and gloves to each Group Leader
- Coordinate publicity efforts with the group to solicit local media coverage, as requested
- Remove filled bags and large heavy or hazardous items found or reported from the adopted area following clean-up
To Adopt-a-Block, contact the Resource Recovery Division at 703-746-4410.
Current Adopt-a-Block Participants:
- Alexandria Democratic Committee
- Alexandria Gay and Lesbian Community Association
- Earth Tech
- Environmental Policy Commission
- MOM's Organic Market
- Senior Craftsman
- Virginia Tech National Capital Region
- The Interceptors Group
- Tau Nu Chapter, Phi Theta Kappa – NVCC
- PMA Properties
- Northern VA Juvenile Detention Home - The New Beginnings Program
- Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc
- The Robinson's
- The Cameron Family
- Visionary Integration Professionals, Inc (VIP)
- Denese Faulkner
- The Pointe at Park Center
- NOVA Smiles.com
- Alexandria-Washington Chapter, DeMolay International
- Alexandria City Chapter Top Ladies of Distinction
- St. Paul's Episcopal Church
- Upper King Street Neighborhood Association