County residents and organizations are ridding Woodbridge of plastic waste this weekend.
Several local agencies are looking for help with two cleanups from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday.
The events will be hosted by Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District (PWSWCD), the Prince William County Department of Parks and Recreation and Tourism, the Public Works Department, Woodbridge District Supervisor’s Office, and Keep Prince William Beautiful (KPWB), according to a release from the county.
“This is going to be a really large cleanup. We’re going to take on Veterans Park, the area around Marumsco Acres Lake and Jefferson Park,” Public Works Department Spokeswoman Deb Oliver said in a release.
At Veterans Memorial Park, participants will also learn about how plastics accumulate.
“Plastics wind up in our streams and they flow into the Potomac River, which flows into the Chesapeake Bay, which flows into the ocean,” Oliver said. “We want to try and educate the community about using reusable bottles as opposed to continuously buying single-use plastic bottles, especially water bottles.”
Volunteers should wear sunscreen, appropriate clothing, and shoes that have laces.
“They should come prepared to get dirty, with rubber boots if they have them, or sneakers that can be tied. I can’t tell you how many teenagers we’ve had over the years who go into those marshes with their sneakers untied and they step right out of them,” Woodbridge District Supervisor’s Chief of Staff Zoe Vitter said in a release.
Online registration is open the Veterans Memorial Park cleanup and Jefferson Park cleanup.
To learn more information, visit the Public Works Department website.
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