Volunteers on Sunday collected more than 500 pounds of trash from the shoreline and spoil islands on the Intracoastal Waterway near Bing's Landing.
Twenty-five volunteers boarded “The Litter Gitter II” on Sunday for a waterway cleanup around Bing’s Landing sponsored by the Matanzas Riverkeeper organization.
Matanzas Riverkeeper is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect the health of the Matanzas River and its watershed through advocacy, education, and community engagement.
The Litter Gitter program takes community members out on the river to remove trash and learn about the issues surrounding marine debris and litter. The namesake of the program is the "Litter Gitter II," a bright yellow, 24-foot Carolina skiff specially equipped for taking passengers out on the water to remove large volumes of debris.
During the cleanup led by Capt. Adam Morley, volunteers collected more than 500 pounds of trash from the shoreline and spoil islands on the Intracoastal Waterway including single-use plastics, Styrofoam, aluminum cans, and an abandoned camp site. The trash was sorted, weighed, and recorded for data collection before being disposed of courtesy of Waste Pro, which sponsors trash disposal for the Litter Gitter program.
Litter Gitter trips are free and open to the public. For more information, visit https://www.matanzasriverkeeper.org/litter_gitter.