During this time of uncertainty, our top priority is the health and well-being of our volunteers and community. We wanted to remind KSCB volunteers that all county-sponsored events and events held at county-owned or operated facilities have been cancelled through Thursday, April 30, including the KSCB Great American Cleanup.
Based on guidance from Keep America Beautiful, and state and local officials, all cleanups scheduled for the month of April by KSCB Adoption Program Partners should be cancelled and rescheduled for a future date after the Stay at Home restrictions have been lifted.
Keep Sarasota County Beautiful
Keep Sarasota County Beautiful (KSCB) is a county-wide beautification program that initiates community cleanup projects to help keep our community free of litter. Established in 1987, our organization is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., a national, non-profit organization that inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment.
Keep Sarasota County Beautiful hosts several county-wide cleanup events throughout the year including:
- The Great American Cleanup (spring event)
- The Liberty Litter Cleanup (summer event)
- The International Coastal Cleanup (fall event)
KSCB also manages the Adoption Program. This innovative program gives private citizens an opportunity to support the countywide anti-litter campaign. In addition, adoption provides businesses and organizations a way to offer an inexpensive project that gives their members the satisfaction of making a contribution to their communities, and the program helps generate publicity for the group's service activities. Adopted areas are maintained as part of a joint effort to keep our environment clean and healthy and participation in the program is free.
Towards the end of each calendar year, Keep Sarasota County Beautiful hosts an KSBC Annual Volunteer Awards Recognition Dinner which provides an opportunity to recognize notable efforts throughout the county that promote environmental stewardship and innovation through education and action.
Interested in participating as a volunteer with KSCB? Sign up for our KSCB mailing list to receive information about upcoming events.
The Great American Cleanup
3/13/2020 - To help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our most vulnerable populations, Sarasota County will be canceling all events with anticipated attendance of 250 individuals or more at county facilities for the next 30 days beginning Friday, March 13.
These actions are designed to slow down and reduce transmission among all age groups. However, current reports and studies display that COVID-19 has a greater severity on citizens over 60 with underlying medical conditions.
- Keep America Beautiful initiative.
- Began in 1998.
- Nation’s largest community improvement program.
- Engages more than 5 million volunteers and participants every year to create positive change and lasting impact in local communities.
- Over the past five years, volunteers’ work returns, on average, $175 million in measurable benefits across participating communities.
- Register for the 2020 Great American Cleanup.
- Event takes place on Saturday, April 4 from 8 - 11 a.m.
- View the event flier.
The Liberty Litter Cleanup
- KSCB partnership program with Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources department.
- Celebrating event's 7th anniversary in 2020.
- Focuses on area beaches hit hardest by the July 4th celebrations.
- Five-year average for amount of trash and recyclables collected is 1.5 tons/year.
- Registration for the 2020 Liberty Litter Cleanup will open in May 2020.
- Event will take place on Sunday, July 5 from 7 - 9 a.m.
The International Coastal Cleanup
- Ocean Conservancy initiative.
- Began in 1986.
- More than 18 million pounds of trash was collected by nearly 500,000 volunteers during the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup.
- Registration for the 2020 International Coastal Cleanup will open in August.
- Event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 8 - 11 a.m.