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Volunteers Needed To Stem Problems of Marine Debris

The litter from the hands of a Hillsborough County resident may find its way not only to our rivers or bay but into ocean currents thousands of miles away.

Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful is looking for thousands of volunteers of all ages to join a worldwide effort on Sept. 25 to pick up trash along coastlines, rivers and lakes during the 25th Anniversary of the International Coastal Cleanup.

Last year, more than 3,100 volunteers cleaned 110 miles of shoreline and 435 acres collecting 65,959 pounds of trash in Hillsborough County alone. Among the more unusual items found were a handheld vacuum, boombox, purple lipstick, bowling pin, car fender and 5,000 pounds of tires. Cleanup data has shown that 60 to 80 percent of marine litter starts from land.

Additional Contact Information

Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful, Inc.

10014 North Dale Mabry Highway, Suite 101
Tampa, FL - 33618