Waterway Cleanup Removes 25 Tons of Trash

On March 7, approximately 1,200 volunteers participated in the 43rd Broward County Waterway Cleanup, the county’s largest and longest-running environmental event. Presented by the Florida Inland Navigation District (F.I.N.D.) and National Marine Suppliers and organized by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), the Broward County Waterway Cleanup resulted in the collection of nearly 25 tons of trash and debris from 35 sites across the county. Volunteers, ranging in age from nine months to 81, participated on land and in water with 120 vessels, including boats, kayaks and paddleboards.

Following the cleanup, volunteers were invited to attend the Trash Bash Thank You party at MIASF Headquarters, where participants were treated to live music, free food and beverages, and more than a dozen raffle prizes. In addition to the Waterway Cleanup, MIASF hosts middle school and high school recycled-art, essay, and short story contests each year. Multiple scholarships are awarded during the Trash Bash.

Sponsors of the Broward County Waterway Cleanup included 4Ocean, Bluewater Yachting (USA), Boatsetter, Carefree Boat Club, Derecktor Shipyard, Dometic, Harbour Towne Marina, and many more marine business, organizations and local cities. Next year’s event will be held March 6, 2021.