Steps to Adopt a Spot

Steps to Adopt a Spot

  1. Pick a date - rally your team, and get them excited about making a difference - they will see immediate results!
  2. Call 757-393-8663 or email us to advise when you want to pick up supplies and how many people will participate. Please give at least three days advance notice. Remember to state your group's name or individual's name and provide a contact number.
  3. Pick up your supplies at the Waste Management office located at:
    2011 Frederick Boulevard
    Portsmouth, VA 23704

    Monday through Friday
    8:00 am to 5:00 pm

  4. Review Safety Guidelines with all participants before starting. 
  5. After you clean up, please complete the Clean-Up Activity Report Form (provided with your supplies) and return them to:
    Waste Management office 
    2011 Frederick Boulevard
    Portsmouth, VA 23704
    Phone: 757-393-8663

    Email Adopt-a-Spot

Thank you for helping keep Portsmouth clean and beautiful.

Adopt-a-spot Safety Guidelines

Please review with all participants before cleanup!

  • Dress appropriately; loose clothing (long sleeves and long pants) are best.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes.
  • Wear orange safety vests provided by the Department of General Services.
  • Wear rubber, latex, leather, or vinyl gloves.
  • Every 6 participants under 18 must be supervised by a person 18 years of age or older.
  • Participants must work facing oncoming traffic.
  • No litter is to be picked up in the street. Participants must stay clear of traffic at all times.
  • Do not pick up trash in tunnels or bridges, or overpasses.
  • Do not pick up trash in grass or over 2 feet tall weeds.
  • Do not pick up hazardous or other chemical materials - call in items/location to 757-393-8663.
  • Be careful of poison ivy, poison oak, etc.
  • Be careful of insects, chiggers, snakes, etc.
  • Be sure to take breaks whenever needed.
  • Bring water to stay hydrated.

To learn more about recycling, litter prevention, and how you can help, call 757-393-8629. These safety guidelines are provided for your benefit but are not intended to be comprehensive. Always use common sense! Please remember safety first.