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Hernando County Coastal Cleanup

Florida Sea Grant and UF/IFAS Extension in Hernando County are teaming up with local businesses, clubs, and County government to host the 2018 International Coastal Cleanup in Hernando County. This international cleanup began more than 30 years ago when communities rallied together in an effort to keep their beaches pristine. Now, thousands of volunteers from around the world are able to participate in this international cleanup through a location nearest them.

During the 2017 cleanup, volunteers enhanced 11 miles of Hernando’s coastal community by collecting trash from the marshes and coastal roadways. Almost 40 volunteers dedicated 137 hours cleaning these areas filling 40 heavy-duty trash bags. By the end of the day, volunteers had collected over 2,400 individual pieces of trash ranging from food wrappers to construction debris. Plastics made up 40% of all of the items collected and this plastic was recycled.

Many of the marine debris items collected in such events originate from land-based activities. Heavy rains and storms can also contribute to and facilitate the debris pathway into these the coastal areas. Therefore, it is important that we work together throughout the year to prevent debris from entering these precious systems.

How can you help?

Join us for our Annual Hernando County Coastal Cleanup! You can participate via land and sea!

When: Saturday, September 29, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Check-in Location: Linda Pedersen Park (6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Weeki Wachee, Fl)

We ask that all volunteers check in at our Linda Pedersen Park location to fill out paperwork, obtain collection supplies, and to be assigned to a location. We will have trash bags, gloves, and collection cards for all of our volunteers. We will also have water and Gatorade (while supplies last). The first 100 volunteers will receive a t-shirt or backpack.

All trash must be returned to our Linda Pedersen station to ensure of proper disposal. We cannot throw these items into park cans or businesses’ dumpsters. We also request that all volunteers check out when they are finished with the cleanup so we can account for everyone.

For additional questions, please contact our office 352-754-4433. Look forward to seeing you there!