Organize Your Event
People on beach cleaning up litter
Courtesy of Palm Paradise Real Estate

7 Tips for a Successful Water Cleanup Event

Follow these steps from our partner Keep Florida Beautiful to ensure your waterways cleanup is a success.

This year, Clean Up Florida Waters has partnered with Keep Florida Beautiful, a network of more than 40 county and city affiliates that engages and educates citizens, visitors, and communities to improve Florida through litter prevention, increased recycling, education, and beautification efforts.

Keep Florida Beautiful has mastered the art of organizing cleanup efforts, and the organization offers these 7 tips to make sure your event is also a success:

1. Select a cleanup date & location

Pick a time and location in advance to make sure the location is available and there is ample time to promote your cleanup. If you are interested in cleaning a public space, you will need to connect with your local government for approval.

2. Choose a cleanup coordinator

Having someone in charge will help with organization and ensure the event runs smoothly. The coordinator can designate tasks so responsibilities are shared and all tasks are completed from start to finish of the event.

3. Advertise your event

Share a flyer, email and/or social media posts to encourage community members to join your cleanup event. Make sure to provide relevant details including date, time, location & host contact information. 

4. Arrange trash disposal 

If you anticipate a significant amount of trash will be collected, contact your local solid waste department ahead of time for disposal assistance. (Always remember to be safe and air on the side of caution. If you come across any hazardous waste during the cleanup, (dead animals, needles, sharp broken glass, etc.) contact your local authorities for assistance in removal.)

5. Gather supplies

Plan ahead for the supplies needed for your event. Depending on the type of cleanup, you might need trash pickers, trash bags, buckets, gloves, tables, sunscreen etc. If you plan to have any food or drinks, don’t forget a cooler or a refillable water jug. 

6. Have fun!

Take lots of photos and enjoy the time you spend with your peers, family and friends making a difference in the community. Every litter piece counts! 

 If you need guidance for your event, contact your local Keep Florida Beautiful affiliate. You can find yours by clicking here