Each year, volunteers band together to pick up trash along fragile coastal waterways and in Pasco County streets for the International Coastal Cleanup. This yearly event is always held on the third Saturday in March. The 2020 event will be held on Saturday, September 19th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The event attracts hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the world who spend a few hours removing trash and debris from beaches, lakes, rivers and inland areas, while keeping track of every piece of trash they find. The Ocean Conservancy uses that information to produce an annual country-by-country, state-by-state index of the problem of marine debris. In 2019, 2,021 volunteers worked for 7,821 hours and picked up 33,160 pounds of trash throughout Pasco County.
There will be teams in locations throughout Pasco County participating. Sites include Anclote Gulf Park and Strauber Memorial Highway in Holiday, City of New Port Richey, Werner-Boyce State Park in Port Richey, Hudson Beach in Hudson, Lacoochee, City of Dade City, and Land O’ Lakes. Supplies such as trash bags and water are provided. T-shirts will be given while supplies last, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.
“There are so many people in our community that are concerned about the environment,” said Kristen King, Keep Pasco Beautiful Coordinator. “They realize that the plastic bag thrown on the side of the road will eventually make it out to the Gulf, which can be deadly for marine animals such as turtles and fish. Our hope is that the cleanup will not only get debris off our streets and waterways, but also educate the public on the dangers of litter and the problems it causes.”
For questions including sponsorship opportunities for the Pasco County Coastal Cleanup, call 727-834-3611 ext. 1072 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .