REAP- The Next Generation
UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 situation and the Governor’s travel ban for non-essential work, REAP will no longer be performing open dump cleanups, tire collection events, AAH and MIS cleanup events, and any other field duties until the ban has been lifted. Thank you for your patience and stay safe.
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 (link)
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.
Meet the Elkins Make It Shine Scarecrow created by Melodee Price, Elkins Make It Shine Coordinator. The REAP Make It Shine themed scarecrow is fashioned with a trash can for a head, gloves, a litter grabber tool, REAP high visibility shirt, a REAP bag and of course, a mask. You can view this scarecrow and others for two weeks on downtown street during the City of Elkins Annual Scarecrow Festival.
Upcoming Events & Updates:
Great Kanawha River Cleanup, (CANCELED)
UPDATE: This event has been canceled due to current developments and precautionary measures concerning COVID-19.
The WV Make It Shine program sponsors the Great Kanawha River Cleanup. Volunteers can participate at sites in all counties bordering the Kanawha River from Gauley Bridge to Pt. Pleasant. For more information about the Great Kanawha River Cleanup, call 1-800-322-5530 or contact Travis Cooper at Travis.L.Cooper@wv.gov.
2020 Ohio River Sweep - POSTPONED until further notice
UPDATE: The event is postponed until further notice due to restrictions and precautionary measures concerning COVID-19. Future updates will be posted here as they become available.
The West Virginia Make It Shine Program is happy to be a co-sponsor of the largest cleanup of its kind in the United States. Historically held on the third Saturday of every June, communities along the Ohio River pitch in to clean the river and its banks of litter. More developments on this event will be posted here as they become available.
2020 Adopt-A-Highway Spring Statewide Cleanup - POSTPONED until further notice
UPDATE: This event has been POSTPONED due to current developments and precautionary measures concerning COVID-19. Future updates will be posted here as they become available.
The AAH Program is still accepting and processing applications. Click here to apply.
Co-sponsored by the
WV Department of Environmental Protection 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
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.
Click here for the full press release.
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.
Help make West Virginia the cleanest state in the nation. For more information or to volunteer call:
Click for REAP's calendar of events
Click to view a copy of our enviro-fact sheet