Rotary Club of New Port Richey
The annual International Coastal Cleanup presented by the Rotary Club of New Port Richey was held throughout Pasco County on Saturday, September 18, 2021.
We had more sites than ever before with 55 locations all around the county. There were 1,210 volunteers that worked for 3,771 hours picking up 12 tons of trash. The Independent Sector values a volunteer hour at $28.54, which would put the volunteer cost-benefit for this cleanup at $107,624.34.
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 340 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 on the third Saturday in September. Cleanups typically take place from 8 am to 12 pm, but this may vary depending on the site.
We are always looking for captains that are interested in coordinating new locations. If you are interested in being a captain email email@example.com.