Volunteers in Hampton Roads taking part in the Great American Cleanup

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SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Volunteers across Hampton Roads will help keep the region beautiful by participating in service projects over the next two days.

It’s part of the national initiative, the Great American Cleanup, which kicked off back in March.

Local cities are conducting various projects.

On Friday, volunteers picked up litter in Suffolk.

“It really is eye opening when you get out here and see plastics that wash into areas and eventually makes it way to our waterways,” said Wayne Jones, who is the city’s little control coordinator.

Jones say they schedule cleanups throughout the year, but also take time out of the year to participate in the Great American Cleanup.

Since litter gets everywhere, Jones says it’s important to raise awareness about cleaning up.

“It is a challenge. To be fair, a large amount of litter may blow out of pickup trucks. It’s not intentional littering, but we do as much as we can to raise awareness about it,” he said.

This year, unique pieces of trash will go to local scrap artist, Sam Hundley.

Hundley came out to help those volunteers.

“I think it’s important and it’s sad that people just don’t pick up their stuff and not throw their trash out into the country,” he said.

Hundley says he had a great time volunteering and is looking forward to creating a piece of art from the objects found.

He says he’s always looked at pieces left behind differently and feels gratified turning it into something new.

“When I see something, I don’t see what it is but what it can become,” he said.

Other service projects including garden and tree planting.

Jones says that residents are always invited out to help with their cleanups, especially kids.

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