REAP- The Next Generation


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Since 2005, the Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan strives to clean up West Virginia and rid the state of unsightly litter. The REAP- The Next Generation initiative harbors all of the state cleanup programs within the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. REAP is a powerful force in the campaign against illegal dumping and littering.

REAP focuses on cleanup efforts from both program staff and volunteers statewide. In a unique partnership, the program empowers citizens to take ownership of their communities by providing technical, financial, and resource assistance in cleanup efforts.

The program derives its authority from the A. James Manchin Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan, pursuant to WV State Code §22-15A (

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File an Open Dump Complaint Click here to submit an open dump report to DEP officials and PPOD personnel to help with the location of dumpsites and prosecution of violators.

Attention: WV citizens and retailers - Click here for a list of electronic takeback programs and compliant manufacturers.

Upcoming Events:

Make It Shine Statewide Cleanup
April 1 - 14, 2020

The statewide cleanup is held during the first two weeks of April each year. During this time, volunteers can receive assistance in conducting cleanups on public lands. The resources available include gloves, bags, hauling (in conjunction with the DOH), and landfill fees. All participants who report cleanup results will also receive a gift for their efforts to make West Virginia shine.

We encourage all participants to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website (, as well as the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources website ( for guidelines on how to prepare for the COVID-19 virus.

Applications, sign-in sheets, and reporting forms can be found here.

WV Make It Shine Earth Day Celebration, April 22, 2020 (Canceled)

UPDATE: This event has been canceled due to the current developments with the COVID-19 Virus.

Each year, the Make It Shine Program sponsors an Earth Day celebration at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia, in Charleston. During this event, school children are exposed to various displays regarding environmental protection, resource conservation, and energy efficiency. Many of these displays are "hands-on" for the students.

Adopt-A-Highway Spring Statewide Cleanup
April 25, 2020

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP)’s Adopt-A-Highway Spring statewide cleanup is set for Saturday, April 25.

Co-sponsored by the WVDEP and the state Division of Highways, the AAH program is administered by the WVDEP’s Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP). Its goals include improving the quality of our environment by encouraging public involvement in the elimination of highway litter. Since the program’s inception in 1988, state citizens have cleaned up close to 70,000 miles of state highways and roads during annual spring and fall AAH events.

Free Day at the Landfill

Most public landfills in West Virginia will offer days where residents can bring their rubbish without having to pay tipping fees. Check with your local Solid Waste Authority for more information.


 REAP In The News:

Gov. Justice Announces more than $1.5 million in Recycling Assistance Grants for use across the state

Gov. Jim  Justice visited 
the annual West Virginia Educational Conference on Litter Control & Solid Waste Management at Canaan Valley Resort State Park on Monday, presenting more than $1.5 million in Recycling Assistance Grants to 27 local governments, educational institutions, and other businesses across West Virginia.

The grants provide funding for recipients to start, expand, or upgrade a variety of recycling programs throughout the state.

Click here for a full press release

WVDEP-REAP and Local Volunteers Remove over 2300 tires from Tug Fork River

Volunteers and employees with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection removed more than 1,000 tires from the Tug Fork River in Williamson on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.

WVDEP staff, along with volunteers and employees from the City of Williamson and the Mingo County Commission removed 2,340 tires from just a 100-yard stretch of the Tug Fork River over four days. The eight volunteers logged a total of 192 hours over the course of the cleanup, which started Thursday, Sept. 26 and wrapped up Wednesday.

Click here for the full story.

Click here for Environmental Matters "Tug River Tire Tug of War" video

WVDEP-REAP Announces 2019 Environmental Teachers of the Year, Clean County and Community Awards

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan recently recognized four educators as "Environmental Teachers of the Year" and announced the recipients of the "Clean County and Clean Community Awards.

Click here for a full press release.

WVDEP-REAP Approves 12 Applications for 2020 CED Recycling Grants

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Covered Electronic Devices (CED) Recycling Grant Program has approved 12 applications for grants totaling $133,261.

Established in 2008, the CED Program requires that manufacturers register their brands with the state. The fees collected from this program allow counties and municipalities to apply for CED grants to conduct electronic collection events and support ongoing collection programs.

Click here for a full press release.

WVDEP-REAP Announced 2020 Litter Control Grant Recipients

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan announced the recipients of the Litter Control Matching Grants. The grants, awarded to state solid waste authorities, county commissions, and municipalities, totaled $94.800 and were approved for 35 individual applicants.

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Annual Great Kanawha River Cleanup

This year marked the 30th Great Kanawha River Cleanup. This event attracted 133 volunteers who cleaned up 3.5 tons of litter and 361 tires at six sites along the Kanawha River and its tributaries.

Click here for a full press release.

Adopt-A-Highway Announces 2019 Volunteer Awards

The WVDEP’s Adopt-A-Highway Program, in conjunction with the Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP), hosted the 2019 Volunteer Appreciation Canaan Valley Resort in Tucker County.

AAH Coordinator Kim Smith presented Guy Simmons of St. Clara, with the program’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Simmons, 94, has been a member of the St. Clara Adopt-A-Highway program since its inception in 1989. In his 30 years of service, Simmons and has participated in every cleanup.

Click here for full press release 

25177 Foundation - Make It Shine Cleanup



 12 groups came out on April 6th to participate in the 25177 Foundation's Make It Shine Cleanup event.  The volunteers collected an estimated 500 bags of litter from the Saint Albans area. 

Boone Career and Technical Center Cleanup



The Boone Career and Technical Center had an estimated 100 students and staff participate resulting in 1.5 tons of litter collected.


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