Sarasota County earns national award for litter prevention just before 2019 Great American Cleanup

Keep Sarasota County Beautiful has been working on community initiatives since 1987

The Sarasota Police Department’s Marine Patrol officers teamed up with Keep Sarasota County Beautiful, Sarasota Bay Watch, the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and other community partners near the Wan Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota for a coastal cleanup in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup on April 13. More than 100 volunteers worked with the Marine Patrol, the department reported via Twitter. These items are among the debris they collected. Image courtesy of the Sarasota Police Department via Twitter

Keep Sarasota County Beautiful, a program managed by Sarasota County’s Solid Waste Department, recently earned the President’s Circle Award from Keep America Beautiful (KAB), “an honor that recognizes the county’s ongoing efforts to keep public spaces clean and litter-free,” the county has announced.

“Established in 1987, Keep Sarasota County Beautiful (KSCB) is one of 600 KAB affiliates nationwide that inspires and educates [members of the community] to take action every day to beautify and protect the natural environment,” a news release says.

KSCB Executive Director Wendi Crisp pointed out in a county news release that the program’s success is a result of the efforts of the hundreds of volunteers “who work hard every year to make their community a better place.”

“Volunteers are the backbone of our program,” Crisp said in the release. “They take pride in their community, and the president’s award reflects their dedication, passion and hard work.”

As part of its efforts, KSCB hosts three countywide cleanups throughout the year — the Great American Cleanup, the Liberty Litter Cleanup and the International Coastal Cleanup — and coordinates efforts with Sarasota County’s local adopt-a-road program, the release notes.

Nationwide, the Great American Cleanup engages more than 5 million volunteers every year, the release says. It “serves as the nation’s largest community improvement program,” the release points out.

Most recently, that initiative took place on Saturday, April 13, at locations throughout Sarasota County.