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Goodshop and Waste Watchers are now working together in order to deliver great savings while supporting our cause.  The next purchase you make, a percentage will be donated and a discount applied to your order.  You can now get coupons and deals at stores like K-Mart, Amazon, and West-marine.  Goodshop has raised well over $11 million and will continue to offer fantastic savings.

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Affiliating with Keep America Beautiful has come with some productive tasks. We conducted two major studies in an effort to get to know our beautiful Eastern Shore better. The first was the Litter Survey, see the Publications link above,  which will be conducted annually, and the second is the Focus Area Survey, in which we asked civic, government and business people on the Shore what they are doing about Litter Prevention, Recycling and Waste Reduction, and Beautification. We learned a lot about what's happening here and want to share it with you. Please read our Certification Report, see the Publications link abovePlease contact us if you would like your group to be included.

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We affiliated with "Keep America Beautiful."  As part of that commitment, we are hoping to work with the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission to find a way to embed Waste Watchers' concerns- responsible disposal of waste on the Eastern Shore- in the everyday operations of our counties governments. Ambitious? Well yes but that's the way we are....hope for the best, prepare for the worst, and take what comes.  Please help us come up with ways to boost our recycling rate. At present we're at about 30% which is okay but we are aiming for 50% by 2015. If you have ideas, please send them in; we'd like recycling to become the norm for many many more people than it is now.

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A new service is available at the Convenience Centers of Accomac County where one can recycle clothes and shoes.  This benefits Special Olympics.
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For further details, here are two links, slide show about recycling fabric, newspaper article
Waste Watchers has adopted Airport Road through the Adopt-A-Highway program.

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See the Adopt-A-Highway link above

Need Community Service Hours?  Waste Watchers of the Eastern Shore has plenty of volunteer opportunities.  Click on this link
For other opportunities to volunteer and protect the Eastern Shore with the Nature Conservancy, click on this link
Who are we?

Waste Watchers is an independent, non-profit (donations are tax-deductible) volunteer community group that promotes the responsible disposal of waste on the Eastern Shore.  Check out our Facebook page as well,  link

To Contact us: P.O. Box 191/Onancock, VA 23417  or  757-787-7468  or wastewatchers.esva@gmail.com

To Donate to Wastewatchers, click on the paypal "Donate" button below

What are we?

We work in ways large and small, from picking up litter and supporting the VA DOT Adopt-a-Highway litter abatement program [see Adopt-a-Highway Tab above], promoting recycling, to influencing public policy. There's a place for everyone and we need everyone's help.  We are also supporting a research study on the influences of balloons as litter.  To learn about the study or to report balloon litter, go to the ‘Links’ tab at the top of the page and click on the appropriate links.  Check out the 3rd annual Waste Watchers essay contest, link

Where are we?

Waste Watchers is active all over the Shore. Wherever someone picks up a piece of litter, Waste Watchers is there. Any time a family or an office decides they can start recycling or a teacher decides to teach about where garbage goes, Waste Watchers is there.  Whenever an individual, a group of friends, a church, a club or a business decides to actively do something about our roadside litter by adopting a highway and cleaning it four times a year, Waste Watchers is there to help.


Garbage that isn't disposed of responsibly hurts everyone. It's dangerous, costly, and ugly. It's also killing off the very animals and ecosystems we love so much.


Waste Watchers has a team of volunteers (Trash Talkers) who will come to your school, business, office, or home to educate you about reducing consumption, reusing what you can, and recycling. We facilitate litter pick-up events.   We also sponsor an essay contest in the schools,  See  "Photos" tab above for 2012 winners.   To sign up to volunteer in our projects,  use this email


Waste Watchers meetings are every second Wednesday of the month except for August and December.  We meet at the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce in Melfa from 11am to 1pm.  Usually we just bring our lunches and get to work.  Everyone is welcome.