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New way to collect river trash coming to downtown Tampa

You may have noticed trash washing up near the Riverwalk in downtown Tampa. Thunderstorms and downpours can push it from the streets into the Hillsborough River.

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful may have found a new way to collect unwanted litter. It's a problem runners like Curtis LeVan notice.

"A lot of plastics, a lot of bottles, Gatorade bottles or you know soda bottles, it's actually pretty frustrating," LeVan said.

"I've actually seen dolphins come up this way that far too and you know just wondering how it hurts the wildlife as well as all the birds so yeah it's very alarming," LeVan said.

During the rainy season, the debris seems to double. The Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful executive director said the rain washes trash into the river.

"The storm drains are protections so the flooding doesn't happen on land and what it does it washes litter off land into our water ways there's no filter in the storm drains," executive director Debbie Evenson said.

The trash gets caught in rocks and mangroves, but thanks to a grant, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful will be able to buy sea bins. They draw trash in and store it for a month, which is a big help to the group's five-person clean-up team.