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2010 Great American Clean-up

Americans now more than ever want to do their part to improve not only their own community. Keep Manatee Beautiful is reminding the Manatee County community that Green Starts Here, with each volunteer and group that joins us to participate in Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup™.

Keep Manatee Beautiful kicked off activities in Manatee County on Saturday, April 3 from 9 a.m. to noon at Ray’s Canoe Hideaway on the Upper Manatee River. A Great American Cleanup Countywide will follow this Saturday, April 17th.

The Great American Cleanup takes place every year between March 1-May 31. This year, an expected 3 million volunteers will get involved and let “green” start with them by participating in 30,000 community improvement activities and educational workshops happening in over 17,000 communities nationwide. All will spread the message of individual responsibility to keep America’s communities clean, green and beautiful.

In Manatee County last year, 1,561 Keep Manatee Beautiful volunteers collected 19,421 pounds of trash and 2,003 pounds of recyclables; cleaned 168 miles of roads and highways and 230 miles of shoreline; and planted 284 trees.

This year from 9 a.m. to noon, the Great American Cleanup Countywide will occur including Anna Maria Island, Cortez, Bradenton, Braden River, Palmetto, Emerson Point and Terra Ceia.

Volunteers can help clean, beautify and improve roadsides, shores, parks and neighborhoods in Manatee County. Adopt-A-Highway, Road and Shore groups are encouraged to clean their adopted sites starting at 9 a.m. Other volunteers can help by checking in at 9 a.m. at any the following cleanup check-in centers posted at www.manateebeautiful.com. Bring gloves, sunscreen and wear closed toe shoes. For more information, call Keep Manatee Beautiful at 941-795-8272.