KEEP PASCO BEAUTIFUL CLEANUP
West Pasco Rotary Clubs
The Keep Pasco Beautiful Cleanup will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2022. We have changed the name of the Coastal Cleanup to the Keep Pasco Beautiful Cleanup to encourage participation countywide. Trash in the central and eastern parts of our county still contributes to marine debris along our coast. It is estimated that 80% of the trash in our waters is originating 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 need to look at all of Pasco County, not just the coastline.
Last year the cleanup was held on Saturday, September 18th. 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.
This year we are excited to receive a grant from Rotary District 6950 for the Keep Pasco Beautiful Cleanup. This grant is a partnership between Keep Pasco Beautiful, Rotary District 6950, Rotary Club of New Port Richey, Rotary Club of Holiday, Rotary Club of Hudson, Rotary Club of Seven Springs, Rotary Club of Trinity, and Rotary Club of West Pasco Sunset. Rotary International has named the Environment as one of its priorities. They are committed to supporting activities that strengthen the conservation and protection of natural resources, advance ecological sustainability, and foster harmony between communities and the environment.
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 Keep Pasco Beautiful 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.
Volunteer registration is now closed. We need time to get supplies to our Captains. You can still participate in the cleanup by picking up trash - unfortunately it can be found in most places. Thank you for caring and for doing your part to protect our planet and Keep Pasco Waters Beautiful.