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Thank you to the 95 amazing volunteers who turned out Saturday morning for National Cleanup Day! Four teams joined forces: Mayor Teri Johnston, Vice-Mayor Sam Kaufman, and Commissioners Mary Lou Hoover and Clayton Lopez. Together they collected a total of 887 pounds of trash and recycling and close to 6 gallons of cigarette butts -- all in two hours!
Mayor Teri Johnston and the City Commissioners have proclaimed September 17 as National Cleanup Day.
"National Cleanup Day recognizes the need to protect the health and beauty of our city and nation," reads the proclamation. "The City of Key West takes great pride in its environment and supports a clean, safe community, now and in the future."
The cleanup joins the community, the City, and non-profit organizations for a cleaner environment, promoting positive community values, property values, and the economic vitality of Key West and the Florida Keys.
Julie Brown, a Mayor's Beautification Committee member, accepted the proclamation. She noted that there would be several locations around the island where groups can gather at 9 AM to help keep Key West beautiful. The cleanup will be followed by a picnic, she said.
"It's a good way to get to know your neighbors," she said. "Please join us on that day.
Click here to sign up for National Clean-up Day in Key West. For more information, call 305-797-3385
Help us Keep Key West Beautiful (KKWB) by Volunteering! KKWB is a local affiliate of Keep Florida Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful. Our goal is to keep our City beautiful and beautify it even more if possible! KKWB sponsors local cleanups and beautification projects. Some of our programs that you can get involved in include: Adoption Program, Cigarette Recycling Brigade, Coastal Cleanups, and the Great American Cleanup.
The Adoption Program allows private citizens, businesses, and civic groups to support the city-wide anti-litter campaign by selecting an area to maintain and beautify. Locations for adoptions include beaches, roads, neighborhoods, and canals.
Adopted areas are maintained as part of a joint effort to keep our environment clean and healthy, and participation in the program is free!
If you were part of the Key West Clean and Green Program, contact us, and we will switch you to the new program. For more information or to get involved, call 305-809-3782.
- Board of Directors: City of Key West City Commission
Adopt-A-Spot Program Information
Volunteers enter into a one-year agreement with The City of Key West, during which they agree to conduct litter removal at least six times a year. Many miles of beaches are adopted statewide by various organizations, allowing civic-minded people to make a difference in their communities. Volunteering helps protect our environment and the way of life in Key West. City Beaches are cleaned daily by large equipment, and at times, litter and microplastics are so small that the large equipment does not gather them.
Volunteers Agree to:
- Adopt a spot section in Key West
- Dedicate one year to the program
- Follow specified safety regulations
- Remove litter at least six times each year
- Report collected garbage during cleanup (number of garbage bags) to the City Staff or designated person.
- Turn in a sign-in sheet with volunteer name for each cleanup
KKWB Agrees to:
- Assist with safety meetings
- Pick up litter at specified locations
- Post-Adopt-A-Beach Program sign commending the group
- Provide litter bags and pickers if needed
Current Adopt-A-Spot Partners
- Cuties In Action (CIA)
- Fresh Produce
- Key West Sea Turtle Club
Cigarette Waste Recycling
We are collecting cigarette waste for recycling: butts, ashes, the plastic wrapper, and everything but the box (that goes into your regular recycle bin). You would collect the waste in the easiest method for you. When you have minimum of 5 pounds worth of waste gathered, call us at 305-809-3782 to make arrangements for disposal.
To know more about cigarette waste recycling, visit companies that are making a difference in this field:
The Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, created by Keep America Beautiful® in 2002, is the largest organization in the U.S. working towards eliminating cigarette litter.