MANATEE -- The Manatee Countywide Cleanup will be from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. It continues area participation in the International Coastal Cleanup -- the world's largest volunteer effort to clean up beaches, lakes and rivers.
Keep Manatee Beautiful, in partnership with 60 volunteers from the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department, Bank of America and Girl Scout Troop 705, kicked off the 30th annual coastal cleanup Sept. 19 by removing 110 pounds of trash from Coquina Public Beach.
In Manatee County last year, 1,657 volunteers found 12,343 pounds of trash along 193 miles of highways, roads and shores. Worldwide, more than 500,000 people picked up 16 million pounds of trash along 13,000 miles of coastline.
Volunteers document every item contributing to the only annual index of global marine debris. This citizen science has informed policy and led to a new area of scientific research.
Marine trash compromises the health of humans and wildlife, and hurts Manatee County businesses reliant on a healthy waterways.
The worldwide top 10 items collected during last year's cleanup include:
1. Cigarette butts;
2. Food wrappers;
3. Plastic beverage bottles;
4. Plastic bottle caps;
6, Other plastic bags;
7. Grocery bags;
8. Glass beverage bottles;
9. Beverage cans; and
10. Plastic cups/plates.
A frequent problem in Manatee County is plastic bags from a store blowing from a trash can, vehicle or boat into the water or storm drains traveling through pipes into a waterway where wildlife mistake it for food or get entangled.
Plastic bags can be recycled or
reused as trash bags. Four styles of wire grocery bag holders can be found online, which include the Sunbeam at Crowder Bros. and Publix Supermarkets, and online at the Container Store because it has a lid and a base,
Volunteers can do cleanups by checking in at 9 a.m. Oct. 3 at:
Anna Maria City Hall at 10005 Gulf Drive.
Kingfish Boat Ramp on S.R. 64 W., west of drawbridge in Holmes Beach.
F.I.S.H. Preserve at 11601 Cortez Road. W.
Historic Wares Creek at Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W.
Ray's Canoe Hideaway at 1289 Hagle Park Road, off Upper Manatee River Road -- free boat launch and use of canoes on a first-come, first-serve basis to clean this river
Old Braden River Historical Society at Jiggs' Landing, intersection of Braden River Road and Linger Lodge Road. Bring your canoe, kayak or power boat to clean this river
Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 941-795-8272.