The rain couldn’t dampen anyone’s spirit at the 2021 International Coastal Cleanup, presented by the Rotary Club of New Port Richey.
More than 1,200 volunteers worked their way throughout Pasco County, picking up 24,000 pounds of trash and litter along the roadways, public spaces and waterways during the event, according to a news release.
By the numbers:
- 12 tons of trash and litter were collected
- 52 locations were cleaned up around Pasco County
- 1,210 people volunteered
- 3,771 volunteer hours were completed
“We’re thrilled by the turnout,” said Kristen King, Keep Pasco Beautiful coordinator.
“This year we had more locations than ever, and many of those locations are along roadways,” King said, in the release.
That’s important, she said, explaining: “By cleaning roadways and public spaces, we’re preventing trash from entering our waterways.”
The Pasco County Department of Public Works plays an important role in picking up the trash from the event and managing the Adopt-A-Thon program for volunteers who are interested in helping to clean up the community in other ways.
For information, visit KeepPascoBeautiful.org.
Published November 10, 2021