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Kick off your summer with the “Dive Against Debris” cleanup event on June 21, sponsored by the Tampa Bay Green Consortium! This year’s dive is at Spanish Rocks Reef at Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island in Manatee County, Florida on Saturday, June 21 from 8:00 a.m. to noon. View a map and get driving directions at http://manateebeautiful.com. You can help out by volunteering as a scuba diver, kayaker, canoer, paddleboarder, safety observer, or data collector. Divers must be Open Water certified with at least 15 open water dives in their logbook. Check out the event flyer for full details and diver requirements. To volunteer, register online with the Tampa Bay Green Consortium at http://tampabaygreenconsortium.org/?p=1053. Thank you for helping keep Manatee beautiful. See you there!

Keep Manatee Beautiful, Bradenton, Florida

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Keep Manatee Beautiful has partnered with the City of Bradenton and Manatee County Government to expand its Cigarette Litter Prevention Program. The program is designed to educate citizens about the environmental impacts of improper disposal of cigarette litter and to provide cigarette receptacles for proper disposal. In May 2014, Keep Manatee Beautiful received Keep America Beautiful grants of $7,000 to initiate a Cigarette Litter Prevention Program to install 90 cigarette bins with at Bradenton’s Riverwalk and Main Street, Manatee Public Beach, Bayfront Park and Palma Sola Causeway. The cigarette bin and portable ashtrays will be available to attendees at the numerous, annual events held at the City of Bradenton’s Riverwalk at Rossi Park and historic Old Main Street. At these events, we will get them directly into the hands of adult smokers through a one-on-one distribution to give them a way to properly dispose of cigarette butts and to inform them of the newly installed cigarette bins. At Manatee County parks on Anna Maria Island and Palma Sola Causeway, older cigarette bins made of stainless steel will be replaced with a more durable style. The ash receptacle we have chosen is the Glaro 2401 Wall Mounted Indoor Outdoor Ashtray. Completely weatherproof, windproof and fireproof, this cigarette receptacle is made of solid 1/16 thick seamless aluminum and has a large capacity and is easy to empty because of a smartly-designed security locking system. Satin brass models cannot tarnish and, therefore, never need polishing. Permanent-mount and wall-mounted models are complete with all mounting hardware. They conceal odors and prevent the wind from blowing debris. Before and after the installation, volunteers will conduct a cigarette butt scan of the areas surrounding specific installations to get a before/after count of the cigarette butt litter.  

Keep Manatee Beautiful, Bradenton, FL

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Troy’s 1st Annual City-Wide Volunteer Clean-up Campaign - Team Up to Clean Up! engaged local residents to come together for the betterment of our community. The Team Up to Clean Up campaign was held as part of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup. Between April 22, 2014 – May 31, 2014, volunteers from Troy neighborhoods, businesses, organizations, groups, and individuals were encouraged to join together to pick up the litter in our community. Garbage bags, recycling bags, and some litter grabbers depending on the size of the group and cleanup area were available for pick up at Troy City Hall, and teams were asked to fill out a survey after their event. We had seven teams participate this year - Troy Women’s Basketball, First National Bank, Troy Airport ATC, Troy Kappa League, Troy University Football, Global Studies, Bush Memorial for a total of 77+ volunteers and picked up 28+ bags of litter! Areas cleaned included Bicentennial Park, Corman Ave, Park Street, 1st Ave, Botts Ave, Downtown, Barron Road, Prospect Ridge, and Gibbs Street. Weirdest Finds noted by volunteers included a bumper, undies, 45 gun shell casings (4), and used blankets and clothing. Two teams noted how disturbing it was to find the massive amounts of beer and liquor bottles. What teams enjoyed the most – community service, working as a team with coworkers, fellowship with young and community, having a young girl come up and thank them and gave them a hug, making a difference in the community, talking to the shop owners and how happy they were we were cleaning up. The winner of the $100 TB&T Visa gift card was Bri Lancaster with the Troy Women’s Basketball Team!!!

Troy, AL – Keep Troy Beautiful

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