KEEP PASCO BEAUTIFUL CLEANUP
Rotary Club of New Port Richey
It is estimated that 80% of the trash in our waters originates from land. Litter and debris along our roadways ends up in stormwater systems which ultimately lead to rivers, lakes and open waters. To protect our waters we have the Keep Pasco Beautiful Cleanup the third Saturday of every September. The next Keep Pasco Beautiful Cleanup is scheduled for September 16, 2023, save the date!
Last year, the Keep Pasco Beautiful Cleanup was held on Saturday, September 17, 2022. Volunteers participated in 40 locations throughout Pasco County. There were 1,268 volunteers that worked for 3,512 hours picking up 23.3 tons of trash. The Independent Sector values a volunteer hour at $29.95, which would put the volunteer cost-benefit for this cleanup at $105,184.40.
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 348 million pounds of trash with the efforts of over 17 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 doing a cleanup, it is a good idea to wear closed-toe shoes, hat, and sunglasses. We also recommend you plan on bringing your own water, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, and bug spray.
Registration for the 2023 Keep Pasco Beautiful Cleanup on September 16th is closed. If you haven't already had your location confirmed, you should receive an email by September 12th. Thank you for doing your part to protect our planet and Keep Pasco Beautiful!