NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County is again partnering with Keep Pasco Beautiful to help clean public lands, roads and waterways on September 19. But this year’s process, like everything else, is a bit different.
The annual International Coastal Cleanup, is presented by the Rotary Club of New Port Richey and the Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, will take place throughout the county from 8 a.m. until noon.
The coronavirus pandemic changes this year’s strategy, focusing on smaller groups covering more areas to allow for social distancing, rather than the large gatherings of years past. Volunteers are encouraged to find a public area in their community that needs to be cleaned and recruit a small team to assist.
Anyone who would like to volunteer must register at https://www.keeppascobeautiful.org/coastal-cleanup. Face masks, disposable gloves, and trash bags will be provided, as well as Coastal Cleanup face buffs while supplies last.
“We’re thrilled to have the partnership and funding support of Withlacoochee River Electric, the Rotary District 6950 Foundation and our local Rotary Clubs – including West Pasco Sunset, New Port Richey, Trinity and Dade City Sunrise,” said Kristen King, coordinator for Keep Pasco Beautiful.
The local cleanups, mobilized by Ocean Conservancy, are part of the largest worldwide volunteer effort on behalf of ocean health. More than 2,000 volunteers participated in Pasco County in 2019.
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 334 million pounds of trash with the efforts of over 16 million volunteers.
For more information about Keep Pasco Beautiful, visit keeppascobeautiful.org.