Click here to volunteer with our cleanup program.

Did you know...

An estimated 100,000 marine animals and two million sea birds die each year from eating or becoming entangled in marine debris.

Click here for a resource to organize your own cleanup! It focuses on river cleanups, but these ideas would apply to bay and pond cleanups as well.

Contact Martha Gruber with questions about the Coastal Cleanup program.


Protecting our coastal resources

Marine debris (trash) is a worldwide problem; an estimated 14 billion pounds of trash are dumped in the ocean yearly. Marine debris is not only ugly, but dangerous to marine life and human health. Since many forms of debris are not biodegradable, they can cause problems for years to come.


Keep Pinellas Beautiful and Fort De Soto Park have been our partners since 2001. In 2012, the Sunshine Skyway’s Black Thorne Park was added. Other sites in Pinellas County include Cunningham Key (Tampa Bay Watch), Weedon Island Preserve, Coffee Pot Bayou (kayak only).  In Hillsoborough County we partner with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful for a cleanup held at Palonis Park, and Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department for cleanups in Manatee County. Without our partners we would not be able to be as successful as we are in removing marine debris from our waterways. By removing debris from our shorelines we are helping to solve an international issue at a local level.


Marine Debris Biodegradation Time Line:



Item Time to degrade
Paper towel 2-4 weeks
Newspaper 6 weeks
Cardboard box 2 months
Waxed milk carton 3 months
Apple core 2 months
Cotton gloves 1-5 months
Wool gloves 1 year
Plywood 1-3 years
Painted wooden sticks 13 years
Photo-degradable beverage holder 6 months
Plastic beverage holder 400 years
Plastic bags 10-20 years
Plastic bottle 100 years
Glass bottle and jars Undetermined
Disposable diapers 50-100 years
Tin can 50 years
Aluminium can 200 years
Monofilament fishing line 600 years

What Is Marine Debris?

Marine debris is any persistent solid material that is manufactured or processed and directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned into the marine environment or the Great Lakes.


The Statistics


Fall 31,022 pounds

Spring 12,887 pounds

Summer 16,611 pounds



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