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All volunteer spots filled for April 13 cleanup

More than 130 to participate in City-hosted Great American Cleanup event

Post Date:04/12/2019 9:21 AM

Contact:  Jason Bartolone, Communications Specialist   941-928-3988


Volunteers picking up trash during a cleanup eventSarasota, FL:  The City of Sarasota and more than 130 volunteers will participate in this year’s Great American Cleanup, organized by Keep Sarasota County Beautiful, on Saturday, April 13.

Following an overwhelming response from the community, all available volunteer spots are filled for the City-hosted cleanup at Centennial Park and along the mangroves near Boulevard of the Arts. Kayakers, divers and land-based volunteers will meet in the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall parking lot and collect litter from the water and shoreline from 8-11 a.m.

The City’s cleanup received support from The Recycling Partnership and its Coastal and Waterway Community Recycling Grant. The City applied for and received more than $100,000 in total grant funding from The Recycling Partnership for the litter cleanup and for public education and outreach for its new single-stream recycling program that launched earlier this month.

“The Partnership is proud to be working with the City of Sarasota, Keep Sarasota County Beautiful and other partners on the Great American Cleanup. We know that adding lidded recycling carts grows recycling and helps to keep recyclables from becoming litter during collection,” said Rob Taylor, director of grants and community development at The Recycling Partnership. “We’re thrilled to be a part of Sarasota’s work to improve recycling thanks, in part, to support from the Coca-Cola Foundation.”

 “The Coca-Cola Foundation places a high priority on supporting recycling programs like The Recycling Partnership’s Coastal Cities grant program that help improve recycling and reduce waste in communities,” said Helen Smith Price, president of The Coca-Cola Foundation. “Through this grant, Sarasota residents have received the recycling bins, education and infrastructure that they need to help keep recyclables from entering waterways while also improving collection for future use.”

 More information on the Great American Cleanup can be found on the Keep Sarasota County Beautiful website


About the City of Sarasota:  Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 55,000 year-round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.  Learn more about us at SarasotaFL.Gov

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