(WFXR) — Each year, a program aimed at keeping southwest Virginia looking its best collects hundreds of bags of debris from across the Roanoke Valley. With the pandemic, there’s more litter — like masks — than ever before.

(Photo courtesy: Clean Valley Council)

On “Clean Valley Day” — which is scheduled for Saturday, April 9 — the Clean Valley Council welcomes individuals and groups to volunteer for the annual spring cleanup.

If you want to participate, you can register in advance by following this link and letting organizers know where you want to do your cleanup so they can provide you with the necessary supplies. You can also come to Roanoke Mountain Adventures in Wasena between noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday for a “RiverBANK Cleanup,” in the words of the Clean Valley Council.

The council says there will be free refreshments, free cleanup supplies, and a pop-up refill station with Sustainable Roanoke.

“This valley-wide cleanup promotes respect and cares for the beautiful community we share. It is an excellent fun, team-building opportunity for corporations, civic organizations, youth, and church groups,” the Clean Valley Council said in a statement last week. “Pick your spot – a park, playground, roadside, stream bank, or your very own neighborhood and help get rid of the litter and make it a cleaner, healthier place for all. All volunteers are given trash bags and gloves.”

For example, in the City of Salem, more than 30 Rotary Club of Salem members and Rotary HS Interact students plan to meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Rotary Park on Route 419 and Apperson Drive to work on this community project.

Deena Sasser, director of operations and communications for the Clean Valley Council, joined “WFXR News at Noon” to share more information about Clean Valley Day and how you can get involved.