FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT Trish Fancher
Web site: www.klcb.org
Keep Lee County Beautiful 21st Annual Great American Cleanup
[Fort Myers, FL] (May 2, 2019) This April marked the 21st anniversary of the Great American Cleanup hosted by Keep Lee County Beautiful. Over 1,200 volunteers could be seen throughout Lee County picking up litter and harmful debris. The county-wide event cleaned up over 32,000 pounds of trash and debris.
The Great American Cleanup had volunteers of all ages organized at 58 locations across Lee County. The volunteers cleaned 62 miles of roads, 74 acres of parks, 35 miles of waterways, and 1 illegal dump-site. This call to action event focused volunteer efforts on activities that impact aesthetic community improvements and the environment. Community bonds were strengthened and unity was inspired across the county.
Keep Lee County Beautiful is very thankful for all of the volunteers. Their hard work made a difference in improving our local communities, protecting our water, and the environment. CLICK HERE to become a Keep Lee County Beautiful member so you can make a difference.
Keep Lee County Beautiful urges all to make efforts to reduce their plastic footprint. Humans are producing over 300 million tons of plastic every year, 50% of which is for single-use purposes. More than 8 million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans every year harming marine life and the environment.
All individuals can take steps to stop using unnecessary single-use products. Ways to reduce your waste include:
• Say no to (plastic) straws. Use paper or reusable straws.
• Bring your own reusable bags everywhere. A single plastic bag can take 1,000 years to degrade.
• Get a reusable water bottle.
• Switch to reusable sandwich bags.
• Stop using Saran Wrap.
• Don’t use plastic bags for produce & bulk groceries. Switch to fabric bulk bags.
• Say no to plastic ware. Use your own or purchase biodegradable utensils.
• Bring your own container for take-out food or leftovers.
• Switch to bamboo toothbrushes which are biodegradable.
These are just a few tips to help keep Lee County clean, green, and beautiful.
About Keep Lee County Beautiful, Inc.
Keep Lee County Beautiful, Inc., established in 1989, is the county’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. This local nonprofit forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments.
For more information, call 239-334-3488 or visit www.klcb.org.
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KLCB is a private/non-profit organization with 501 (c)(3) status, Fed. Tax I.D. #59-2977558.