TRASH BASH RECAP: City of Melbourne Picks Up 157 Bags of Trash Equaling 7,900 Pounds of Litter

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Trash Bash sponsored nationally by Keep America Beautiful for 50 years

Ascension Catholic School had 32 volunteers and collected 31 bags of trash. (Photo by Christi Braselton, site captain for Ascension Catholic School)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Cities within Brevard County battled it out for the annual Trash Bash event on Saturday, April 9. The City of Melbourne came in second place with 185 volunteers and 157 bags of trash equaling 7,900 pounds of litter .

The City of Melbourne ECO Division organized nine different cleanup sites in the city. Love Bugs Bakery and Publix provided generous food donations for the volunteers. Riggs Outpost provided volunteers access to their dock on Crane Creek.

“We cannot thank the site captains and volunteers enough for making this year impactful,” said Megan Selva, environmental programs coordinator with the City of Melbourne.

“It was great to see so many community members come together for a good cause. We had amazing volunteers who were passionate about cleaning up our city and preventing litter from going into the Indian River Lagoon and ocean.”

Trash Bash continues a tradition that has been sponsored nationally by Keep America Beautiful for over a half-century as the Great American Cleanup, encouraging efforts to clean roadways, waterways and parks.

Eddie Lee Taylor, Sr. Community Center had 30 volunteers who collected 22 bags of trash. (Photo by Jennifer Wilster, City of Melbourne ECO Division)
Volunteers found a lot of litter and fishing nets at Paradise Beach. (Photo by Kevin Smith, Paradise Beach site captain)
Along Crane Creek in downtown Melbourne, 21 bags of trash were collected, and bulky items like chairs and trash cans were found in the waterway by volunteers in kayaks. (Photo by Karen Smith, site captain for Manatee Park)
The Palm Bay High School team had 15 volunteers who collected 21 bags of trash. Their site captain was Shaniese Alexander, City of Melbourne Water Production Laboratory Supervisor)