Skip the Straw is part of a larger DEP initiative to reduce waste, increase recycling and partner with communities to protect Florida’s environment. DEP encourages Florida residents to reduce overall waste, recycle and participate in cleanups throughout the year. Join a cleanup event listed below or create your own cleanup day with friends and family!
Saturday, June 23
Join the Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. for a coastal cleanup on St. George Island. Volunteers will park at the St. George Lighthouse and meet at the pavilion behind the lighthouse to receive supplies and beach section assignments.
Saturday, June 30
Cleanup by Land and Sea,8 a.m. - noon at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. The park, 4Oceans and Expedition South Florida are partnering to host a cleanup to collect debris from trails, mangroves and fishing platforms.
Beach cleanup at Fort Lauderdale Beach, 7-11 a.m., hosted by Museum of Discovery and Science, City of Fort Lauderdale and Beach Sweep America Inc. Cleanup at Fort Lauderdale Beach on the beach intersection of A1A and East Las Olas Blvd.Cleanup supplies provided.
Beach Cleanup at Ocean Inlet Park, 8 - 10:30 a.m. Meet at 6990 N. Ocean Blvd., Boynton Beach.
Saturday, July 7
Beach Cleanup at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, 8 a.m - noon. Wear closed-toed shoes. The park recommends bringing a hat, sunscreen and refillable water bottle. 3109 East Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.
Saturday, July 14
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park monthly beach cleanup, 9 - 11 a.m. Please wear closed-toed shoes and a hat. Bring along sunscreen, insect repellant and a water bottle. The park provides trash bags, gloves, and trash grabbers.
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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.