Volunteers fanned across Pasco County collecting trash during the 2021 Great American Cleanup in early March.
All in all, the 659 volunteers collected 36,920 pounds of trash — from public spaces, roadsides and waterways, according to a county news release.
The cleaning crews hit 37 locations — stretching from Anclote Gulf Park in Holiday over to Dade City — and got to work in all sorts of places including Port Richey, New Port Richey, Wesley Chapel and Hudson.
“Between the rainy weather and the ongoing pandemic, we weren’t sure how many volunteers would show up this year,” Keep Pasco Beautiful Coordinator Kristen King, said in the release. “Once again, they came out in full support, proving what a tremendous impact concerned community members can have when given the opportunity.”
The workers logged 1,531 volunteer hours, which translates into a value of $41,643.30, according to the release.
Keep Pasco Beautiful hosts the Great American Cleanup with corporate funding assistance and a grant through the Florida Department of Transportation.
The event is a collaboration among the Pasco County Department of Public Works; Pasco County Solid Waste; Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources; and Pasco County Environmental Compliance, the release says.
The Great American Cleanup is one of two annual cleanup events in Pasco.
The mission of Keep Pasco Beautiful is to improve Pasco County by engaging the community in sustainable efforts to reduce litter, promote waste reduction and encourage beautification.
Published April 14, 2021