Cleaning up trash fulfilling for volunteers

Coastsal Cleanup is Saturday

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - 12-year-old Christopher doesn't have a very high opinion of those who choose to litter planet Earth.

"They don't care if it's dirty or not.  They live the way they do," said Christopher Wilson.

Pasco County Commissioner Henry Wilson got his family involved in the annual Coastal Clean-up, where volunteers pick up trash around their community.

He says it's about taking pride in where you live. "By throwing a piece of trash out of the window while you are driving or an empty soda bottle, it's just total disrespect for what you have here."

Dan Johnson's been involved for more than 20 years. Pasco's assistant county administrator says he's noticed a steady decline in the amount of trash in recent years.

"Especially northern parts of Strawberry Memorial used to be really bad about 15 years ago and it's nowhere near as bad. So it is making a difference," said Johnson.

The top three items found in these clean-ups are cigarette butts, drink bottles, and plastic bags. But there are some unusual things that are found as well.

"We found a small refrigerator at Anclote Key after the storm of '93. We've found tv's and toilets and things like that," said Johnson.

Pasco County usually has more than a thousand volunteers involved in the Coastal cleanup. Last year they bagged almost 12 tons of trash.

And this is an international event, so odds are you can find a clean-up event in any neighborhood.

Seven-year-old Cailin is ready to go with her gloves her grabber and her safety vest. And she has a simple reason why others should help too.

"It's keeping the world clean and that's what we need to do," said Cailin Wilson.

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