visual litter

Requirements for Completion of CCCC Visual Litter Survey (VLS) Curriculum

  • Attend VLS Launch Seminar (January 30, 2018 – six (6) credits).
  • Attend one of three regional workshops (February 13, 14, or 15, 2018 - six (6) credits each).
  • Read and be prepared to discuss the 2004 Visual Litter Survey.
  • Conduct at least one VLS/Cleanup between March 1 - April 30, 2018 (the number of credits assigned will vary based on the length of the event).
  • Submit the required final written assignment by June 1, 2018.
  • Implement a solution to the litter problem you observe during your VLS/Cleanup and file a report online (deadline: December 31, 2018.).
  • Attend the year-end VLS wrap-up event to celebrate the accomplishments of the first round of Certified VLS Coordinators (date to be determined/optional.)

Policies and Procedures: The Visual Litter Survey (VLS)/Cleanup

Clean Communities Coordinators must serve as Team Captains and--

  • Establish the purpose or goal of the VLS/Cleanup.
  • Determine the location(s) of the VLS/Cleanup.
  • Determine the method(s) you will use to conduct your VLS/Cleanup.
  • Organize a team of staff and or volunteers to assist you.
  • Register the VLS/Cleanup online at
  • Conduct the VLS/Cleanup.
  • File the VLS Report Card online at
  • Submit the Final Assignment.
  • Implement a solution to the litter problem.

In addition, Team Captains must:

  • Solicit staff and/or volunteers to assist in the survey.
  • Train of staff and/or volunteers.
  • Ensure that staff and/or volunteers sign the required waiver forms.
  • Instruct staff and/or volunteers on the project safety procedures and ensuring that all procedures are followed throughout the project.
  • Distribute supplies and equipment.
  • File a VLS Event Registration Form online at at least two (2) weeks before the event.
  • File a VLS Event Report online at within two (2) weeks of the event and
  • Supervise the VLS/Cleanup, ensuring that participants adhere to policies and procedures.

VLS/Cleanup Equipment and Supplies

  • Trash bags (orange/opt.)
  • Recycling bags (clear)
  • Pick up sticks (optional)
  • Gloves
  • Safety Vests
  • Signs

Adhere to Safety Procedures for All VLS/Cleanups