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Great American Cleanup recruiting volunteers

BRANDON - Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful is recruiting volunteers, site captains and area managers for the Great American Cleanup, set for April 27 from 8 a.m. to noon. Families, clubs, businesses and churches are invited to form teams or coordinate projects. Volunteers are needed to scour street sides and shorelines for trash and other waste, or to plant, paint or take part in other beautification projects throughout the area, said Patricia DePlasco, community education liaison for Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful. Volunteers of all ages can participate, but must be at least 12 years old to take part in roadside cleanups. Hillsborough County has participated in the Great American Cleanup for more than 20 years, DiPlasco said. It is a program of Keep America Beautiful. This year’s theme is Green Starts Here – a call to action to create more sustainable communities by educating people on waste reduction, recycling, beautification and community greening.
“The Great American Cleanup is different from the other coastal cleanups because it’s not just litter cleanup, but beautification, clean-up and green-up,” she said. About 50 sites with various activities are listed on the Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful website at www.keeptampabaybeautiful.org. Volunteers can sign up for any project they want, from planting flowers, to coastal trash pickup or removal of invasive trees and plants. More projects can be added. They might include community gardens (butterfly, vegetable, etc.), habitat restoration, landscape maintenance or storm drain marking. In the greater Brandon area, there will be a beautification project at the Riverview Civic Center, litter pickup at McKay Bay, beautification at the Gardenville Recreation Center in Gibsonton and litter cleanup at Evans Park in Seffner. “Our goal is to beat last year’s number of 4,000 participants throughout the month of April,” DiPlasco said. To learn more, call (813) 221-8733.

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