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 dedicated 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 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC)
- Ocean Conservancy initiative.
- Began in 1989.
- More than 18 million pounds of trash was collected by nearly 800,000 volunteers during the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup.
- Event will be held on two days - Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 and Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017.
- Volunteers are needed at more than 25 locations throughout Sarasota County. Locations vary slightly by date and are listed on the ICC registration form.
- Be one of the first 1,200 volunteers to register for the September 16 event or one of the first 500 volunteers to register for the October 28 event to qualify for FIRST OPTION ACCESS to this year's commemorative T-shirts.
- Supplies including bags for both trash and recycling, and gloves will be available to all volunteers.
- Supplies for the Sept. 16 event will be available for pickup during the week of Sept. 11-15.
- Supplies for the Oct. 28 event will be available for pickup during the week of Oct. 23-27.
- Register online for the 2017 International Coastal Cleanup or call 941-861-5000 to volunteer.
The Great American Cleanup
- 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.
- Event date(s) to be announced in fall 2017.
- Registration for the 2018 event will open in late-January 2018.
The Liberty Litter Cleanup
- KSCB partnership program with Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources department.
- Began in 2014.
- Focuses on seven area beaches hit hardest by the July 4th celebrations.
- Three-year average for amount of trash and recyclables collected is 2 tons/year.
- Event will be held on Thursday, July 5, 2018.
- Registration for the 2018 event will open in May 2018.