Over 7 ½ Tons of Trash Collected in One Morning, Saving Taxpayers Nearly $50,000
The City of Jacksonville’s Keep Jacksonville Beautiful commission reported that the 2015 Florida Coastal Cleanup event, held Saturday, Sept.19, was a huge success in Duval County. This year’s event yielded more than double the amount of volunteers and trash collected compared to the 2014 cleanup.
“Despite rain at many of our cleanup sites, we had 663 volunteers turn out to donate 1,354 hours and pick up 15,280 pounds of trash,” reported Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Commission Chair Chris Buckley.
Buckley noted that the hourly value of those volunteers amounted to more than $31,000 during the event, which ran from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 19 sites around Duval County. In 2014, 317 volunteers donated 632 hours to pick up 6,120 pounds of litter and debris.
“And if you add the cost avoidance of having volunteers, rather than a private contractor picking up that stuff, that’s another $18,000 in savings,” she said. In total, Buckley added, the event’s volunteers saved taxpayers $49,725.
Odd items collected at the cleanup, included a huge inflatable Santa Claus in Mayport Village, as well as toys, mattresses, tents and fluorescent lights.