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Posted on: July 28, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Clean City Things to Know and Do

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HCCC Things to Know & Do!

Meet HCCC Board Member! Beautiful Y.A.R.D.S Contest Winners! HCCC Volunteer Recognition Event Award Nominations! ACGA National Conference! 

Coliseum Neighborhood Night Out! Scoop the Poop! #NoButtsAboutIt! 

Sheriff Career Fair!  ‘Bin’ Thinking about Bins!




Gayle Mooney was appointed to the HCCC board in February 2020, and has been active ever since as a member of the Beautification Committee (YARDS Contest Judge) and Bee City-Hampton.  Gayle and husband Tony were HCCC’s 2010 YARD of the Year Winners, and she shares her passion for gardening as a Hampton Master Gardener.  She was instrumental in creating HCCC’s new pollinator garden and works closely with the Volunteer Recognition Event planning committee.  Thank you, Gayle, for all that you are doing to “Keep Hampton Clean & Beautiful!”




The HCCC Beautification Committee Yards Are Really Distinctive Showplaces (YARDS) Contest has two winners for July:  David and Tammy Messina on Beach Road as Gardener of the Month, and Raynard Vinson on Ethel Drive as Pollinator Garden of the Month – Congratulations!   Nominations will be accepted through the end of August, so nominate someone you see creating works of art and heart in their yards.  Just click on this link: to complete the form and add any comments.  If you’d like to know more about the YARDS Contest Program, check out Hampton Clean City Commission’s Facebook page to hear Councilperson Eleanor Brown talk about this great program.  August 9 is the next judging date.


HCCC’s Volunteer Recognition Event is slated for Thursday, October 28, 2021, 5-8pm!   Nominations are now available online at for the following categories:  Innovative Schools Award; Innovative Teachers Award; and Clean City Awards.  Be sure to nominate those you feel are deserving.   As noted earlier, Adopt-A-Spot awards will be granted for a cleanup period 10/1/2019 – 8/30/2021 in the following categories: 

  1. Golden Litterstick Award, 20+ cleanups
  2. Extra Mile Award, 10-19 cleanups
  3. Honorable Mention, 5-9 cleanups

Be sure to submit your cleanup statistic reports via the online link found at  

And, if you’d like to become an Adopt-A-Spot sponsor, check this out - we provide litter sticks, safety vests & gloves, trash bags, buckets, rakes, and shovels!  After a required number of cleanups, you may request an adopt-a-spot sign with your sponsor name and it will be installed at your sponsored site.  The only thing we ask of you is your time and commitment to “Keeping Hampton Clean & Beautiful since 1978!”  For more information, contact HCCC Project Assistant Cris Ausink at or 757-727-1130.



Clean City’s Adopt-A-Spot program is still going strong!  Big ups to our many AAS sponsors who continue to clean up all around the city and are committed to “Keeping Hampton Clean & Beautiful!”  For the month of June, 25 groups performed 56 cleanups.  That is 186 volunteers donating more than 333 hours of service by picking up 179 bags of trash and debris and more than 5,000 cigarette ends!  Kudos to 100 Black Men-Virginia Peninsula Chapter; Buckroe Improvement League; Dr. Aleasa Chapman & Associates; the Fladger Family; Friends of Dandy Point; Hampton Alumnae Chapter-Delta Sigma Theta; Hampton Citizens Police Academy Alumni; Hampton Police Training Unit; Hampton Roads Networking Exchange Club; Mrs. Jackie Cannan; Mr. James McCollam; Keep Buckroe Beach Clean; JBLE 1st Munitions Squadron; JBLE Langley 5/6; NoSleep Cares & NoSleep Entertainment; Peninsula Networking Exchange Club; Republican Party of Hampton; Hampton Rotary Club; the Smith Family of Bakers Farm; Wesley United Methodist Church; and Wythe Exchange Club!!


Hampton is the site for the ACGA 2021 conference! Gardeners from all over the US and Canada will be coming to Hampton September 24-26 and touring much of the city. Are you knowledgeable and passionate about gardening? Does your church or business have a community garden? Would you like to volunteer? Would your business like to sponsor a local gardener to attend the conference? Email  to learn more about the ACGA:  Stay up to date on all the conference news at 




Join in the fun of being out in the water and making it cleaner!  On Saturday, August 7, 8:30am-10am, we will launch from the Phoebus Waterfront Park a 35 Water Street.  Bring your own boat, life jacket, sunscreen, and bottled water.  To participate, you must register by emailing Cris Ausink at

The fun continues on Thursday, August 12, 1130AM-12:30AM with a Tour de Re-Use Express showcasing that there is more to Goodwill than you think!  This one-hour tour reveals what it takes to operate a “Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle” facility.  You’ll also observe the inner workings of the resource center and how employees are trained.   Register now for your space on the tour by emailing 




The 19th Annual Coliseum Central Neighborhood Night Out Health & Safety Fair will be Tuesday, August 3, with first responders and community partners once again providing safety, wellness and neighborhood unity information in digital format.  For more information about the informative event, go to


When should my trash and recycling bins be out on my street on trash day?  By 7:00 AM.

Don’t worry!  If you aren't an early riser, you may put out your bins as early as 3:00 PM the day before!

Do I have to return my bin to the side of my house after pick up on trash day? Yes, you have until midnight of trash day.  Why the timeline?  It's for the safety of your trash and recycling bins. Bins not removed from the street can be bumped or damaged by parking vehicles and, in some cases, have been stolen. Return bins to side of home or property management’s designated location. 

Why is my bin sometimes turned around or tipped over?  Our drivers need at least three feet of space between each bin and other solid waste collection items for the automated arm of the truck to retrieve the collection without tipping over other containers or damaging property.  Make sure your bins open towards the street.  Our automated trucks cannot turn your bin around as it picks it up. Having to dump your container bins backwards can break or damage the lids, so be sure your bins and bulk collection items are at least three feet apart. 

For the safety of our drivers please do not place bins under utility wires and maintain distance between vehicles, mail boxes etc. 

Be sure to look for more “Bin” Thinking About Bins? News on HCCC’s Facebook!

Have more bin placement & solid waste questions?   Check out the Public Works website



KEEP VIRGINIA BEAUTIFUL - Understanding the Litter Problem

As the nation’s largest community improvement organization fighting litter since 1953, Keep America Beautiful® is pleased to report top-line results of a landmark 2020 “Litter in America” study as a follow up to their 2009 study and litter research established in 1969. Key findings include:

  1. 90% of Americans agree litter is a problem in their community. 
  2. Roadside litter is down 54% in the past decade. 
  3. There are still 50 billion pieces of litter on the ground in America.
  4. Reduction in cigarette litter is down 50% in areas that implement the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program.