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Water Department Takes Part in Coastal Cleanup Day

City employees (and family) volunteering to keep our coastline clean.

What is Coastal Cleanup Day? 

The international effort brings together volunteers from more than 150 countries to clean up trash littering our beaches and waterways.  Groups on a local level recruited volunteers to make a difference in their community.  

The Water Department worked with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful as part of the organization’s cleanup event. Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful called on Bay Area residents to come together and clear trash across the Tampa and Hillsborough County. In the end, volunteers pledged to clean up dozens of locations including Al Lopez Park, Ben T Davis Beach and River Tower Waterfront Park.  

City efforts to #KeepItCleanTampa: 

The City of Tampa is committed to keeping our community trash-free. It launched anti-litter campaign “Keep It Clean, Tampa,” which motivates residents to fight against trash and litter. The City is also investing time and resources to keep our community pristine.

Last year, City of Tampa Code Enforcement teams cleaned up more than 3,200 tons of debris. The Tampa Downtown Partnership Clean team also collected 281 tons of litter in 2021. You can keep track of the latest efforts and events by following the hashtag #KeepItCleanTampa.  

The Water Department is proud of joining in on the campaign to keep Tampa trash-free.   

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Coastal Cleanup Day by the Numbers: 

In 2020, Coastal Cleanup Volunteers across the world picked up 5.2 million pounds of trash including:  

  • 964,000+ Cigarette Butts  
  • 627,000+ Plastic Bottles  
  • 272,000+ Grocery Bags  
  • 222,000+ Food Containers