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Volunteers fight litter at Great American Cleanup


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TAMPA – More than 3,300 Tampa Bay residents volunteered for the 2014 Great American Cleanup. Over 85 projects coordinated by Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful took place Saturday, April 12, in neighborhoods throughout Hillsborough County.

Their efforts removed more than 62,000 pounds of litter from 650 acres of park and 150 miles of shorelines, roadways and neighborhoods including areas of East Tampa, Ybor, Sulphur Springs, Town N’ Country, Lutz, Ruskin, Gibsonton, and more. By removing the litter, these volunteers helped increase property values, improved the environment, saved wildlife and boosted tourism by ensuring clean, beautiful shorelines.

Additional improvement efforts included assisting a physically disabled family with outdoor yard maintenance, planting fruit trees at local parks, improving landscaping at an elementary school, adding mulch to a playground, removing invasive plant material from parks and targeting illegal dump sites.

Tampa Bay residents answered the call to action – Green Starts Here – along with 3 million other volunteers across the country. Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup is the largest volunteer community improvement effort in the United States. The goal is to create more sustainable communities, foster unity and strengthen community bonds through beautification and improvement efforts.

For information, visit the organization’s website or call (813) 221-8733.

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