Keep Pinellas Beautiful earns Affiliate Award of Excellence

CLEARWATER – Keep Pinellas Beautiful Executive Director Pat DePlasco common lots of certain news with Pinellas County commissioners Apr 24, including a organization’s receipt of a Keep America Beautiful Affiliate Award of Excellence.

Keep Pinellas Beautiful was named one of a tip 10 Keep America Beautiful affiliates in a United States during a inhabitant discussion in January. The Award of Excellence recognizes affiliates that “embody a vision, goal and values of Keep America Beautiful,” DePlasco said.

“This endowment would not have been probable but a joining of a dedicated groups of volunteers, smashing village partners and sponsors – as they all are a loyal reason for a successes. Together we will continue to keep a cut of bliss pleasing for generations to come,” DePlasco said.

She talked to commissioners about a organization’s mission, that is to “conserve and bedeck a healthy sourroundings by means of village rendezvous and education.”

Keep Pinellas Beautiful has 4 concentration areas, that are spawn prevention, rubbish reduction, conservation, and painting and village greening. Last year, it hosted 78 educational presentations, 42 overdo events, reaching 43,056 residents.

DePlasco talked about a spawn hotline – 727-210-4663 – that residents can use to news bootleg dumping. She pronounced that after a call comes in, Keep Pinellas Beautiful removes a rabble within 24 hours. In 2017, a classification responded to 292 hotline calls and private 75,263 pounds of illegally dumped items.

In addition, Keep America Beautiful’s recycling programs prevented 8,943 pounds of plain rubbish from entering a rubbish stream, she said.

DePlasco praised a efforts of volunteers participating in a adoption programs, that embody 861 miles of roadways, trails and shorelines. She pronounced a 3,162 volunteers prevented 27,934 pounds of spawn from entering a county’s waterways final year.

Keep Pinellas Beautiful might be best famous for a cleanup efforts, including a Great American Cleanup going on by a month of May. For information on dates and ways to get involved, revisit

Last year, 8,528 volunteers participated in 248 cleanup projects and private 606,407 pounds of spawn from open lands and waterways.

In a concentration area of painting and village greening, 840 children and adult volunteers planted 534 trees, shrubs and flowers and determined 5 gardens final year. They also private 30,545 pounds of invasive plants.

Throughout a year, Keep Pinellas Beautiful intent 11,795 volunteers and implemented 1,109 village alleviation projects. The assistance of volunteers saved taxpayers $830,348 in labor costs for a improvements.

DePlasco thanked a volunteers for their work to make Pinellas a some-more pleasing place to work, live and play. She also thanked Pinellas County staff for a help.

Suzette Porter is TBN’s Pinellas County editor. She can be reached during

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