Rotary Club of New Port Richey
The past year with Covid-19 has changed a lot of things. Unfortunately, there is still litter and the need for cleanups. We have continued to have our cleanups through the pandemic, focusing on smaller groups. Hopefully with more people getting vaccinated our cleanups will continue to grow. The annual International Coastal Cleanup presented by the Rotary Club of New Port Richey and Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc. will be held throughout Pasco County on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Cleanups typically take place from 8 am to 12 pm, but this may vary depending on the site.
The main focus in 2020 was smaller cleanups that could more easily social distance. Volunteers were encouraged to find a public area in their community that needed to be cleaned and recruit a small number of volunteers to assist. We had more sites than ever before with 36 locations. There were 922 volunteers that worked for 3,248 hours picking up 19.52 tons of trash. The cost benefit of volunteer hours was $80,972.64.
The local cleanups, mobilized by Ocean Conservancy, are part of the largest worldwide volunteer effort on behalf of ocean health. The purpose is to clean up and track the trash collected. More than 8 million metric tons of plastic trash ends up in our oceans every year. Since 1986, the International Coastal Cleanup has captured more than 334 million pounds of trash with the efforts of over 16 million volunteers.
A huge thank you to all of our sponsors, we would not be able to do the cleanups without them. Through their sponsorship dollars we were able to supply volunteers with trash bags, gloves, t-shirts, and trash pickers.
When participating in a cleanup it is important to wear old sturdy shoes - sneakers, rubber boots, or work boots are all good options. We know that Floridians love their flip-flops, but they are not a good idea for a cleanup. The sun can be intense so apply sunscreen, wear a hat, and bring water for hydration. Grass and mangroves can have all sorts of flying critters that like to chew a bit so utilize bug spray so you don't have to worry about slapping yourself with trashy hands.
The International Coastal Cleanup in Pasco County always takes place the third Saturday in September.
We are always looking for captains that are interested in coordinating new locations. If you are interested in being a captain email . Click the button below to register as a volunteer.