DATE: June 12, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Odette Reza-Brown
Approximately 2,000 pounds of litter were removed from Broward County school grounds as part of the Great American Cleanup (GAC) 2013. Between March 1 and May 31, Solid Waste and Recycling Services worked with "Keep Broward Beautiful" partner cities and volunteer students to coordinate the drive.
Horizon Elementary School in Sunrise picked up the greatest amount of litter, removing 240 pounds in just two hours. In Hollywood, Driftwood Middle School students removed 234 pounds of litter, with Atlantic Tech in Coconut Creek close behind with 233 pounds. The Town of Davie had the highest number of participating schools.
Out in force, a total of 3,845 students from elementary, middle and high schools volunteered for the cleanup. They removed the weight equivalent of a small car in litter, much of which included plastic, glass and aluminum, all of which was recycled.
An affiliate of the national Keep America Beautiful organization, Keep Broward Beautiful provides gloves, trash bags, scales and T-shirts to participants, in addition to local coordination of the Great American Cleanup. The annual program, which also includes school presentations, is open to and funded by Broward County participating cities.
The Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest annual community improvement program. Each year, more than 1,200 affiliates engage volunteers to take action through programs that focus on waste reduction, recycling, beautification and the greening of communities. In 2012, 4.2 million volunteers from 20,000 communities collected trash that totaled nearly $230 million in measurable benefits.
Learn more about the Great American Cleanup. If you have any questions about local programs, contact the Broward County Litter Prevention Hotline at 954-474-1835 or broward.org/waste. Don’t forget to Like Us on Facebook.