Keep Coral Gables Beautiful Mission Statement:
To promote environmental sustainability and educate the community to take action every day to reduce litter from our open spaces & waterways, improve recycling efforts, and keep our City Beautiful.
Executive Director(s) Contact Information:
Conservation Event Series
Keep Coral Gables Beautiful and the Community Recreation Department invite you to take part in a series of monthly events focusing on conservation. This event series will begin in September 2021 and run through January 2022. Check back for more information on upcoming events!
Keep Coral Gables Beautiful invites you to a screening of the documentary film "100 Yards of Hope" on Wednesday, October 20 at 7 pm in the Coral Gables Art Cinema. Join us after the screening for a panel discussion about the film with Jim Ritterhoff, Executive Director/Co-Founder, FORCE BLUE; Steve “Gonzo” Gonzalez, US Navy SEAL (SOCM) (RET), FORCE BLUE Special Projects and Events Coordinator; Dr. Diego Lirman, Associate Professor of Marine Biology and Ecology, University of Miami Rosenstiel School; and Andy Dehart, VP of Animal Husbandry and Conservation, Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science.
A year-and-a-half in the making, through two Florida Super Bowls and with the world’s largest entertainment platform as its backdrop, 100 Yards of Hope is the story of how an eclectic group of marine scientists and Special Operations veterans came together as a team. And how, in their fight to preserve and restore Florida’s Coral Reef, that team built a symbol for the world. Begun on a June afternoon in 2019 with the symbolic out-planting of 100 corals to celebrate the NFL’s 100th season, 100 Yards of Hope grew to become an 18-month journey of caring and cooperation — a mission that would unite two Florida cities and forge unlikely bonds between scientists and environmentalists, military veterans, state and federal policymakers and some of the world’s largest corporations and brands — all in the name of preserving and restoring a national treasure. This 40-minute filmed documentary is the story of that mission — and the story of how, in one football-field-sized corner of South Florida, hope found a way, not just to survive, but to thrive.
This screening is presented in partnership with Force Blue, the Coral Gables Art Cinema, and the City of Coral Gables Sustainability Advisory Board.
For more information on the film and to purchase tickets please visit https://www.gablescinema.com/events/100-yards-of-hope/.
Keep Coral Gables Beautiful will host a Recycling Drive-Thru Event on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the parking lot behind City Hall. Residents can bring old electronics and large cardboard boxes for recycling, dispose of household hazardous waste and bring documents for shredding. A new addition to this event, you can now drop off your "lightly/gently used" clothing (men's, women's, and children's) which will be donated to Camillus House.
Electronic items with a plug or batteries are eligible to be recycled. Coral Gables residents can drop off household hazardous waste items such as paint cans, pool chemicals, oils, batteries, and household pesticides. Proof of residency in Coral Gables is required.
Over the past six years, these bi-annual collection events have diverted more than 290,000 pounds of electronic and household hazardous waste and paper from entering landfills. This event is organized through Keep Coral Gables Beautiful and in partnership with the Coral Gables Sustainability Advisory Board and the City of Coral Gables Police and Public Works Departments.
Please note: Items will not be accepted before 9 am or after 12 pm on the day of the event.
Just a few reminders for the event:
Materials Not Accepted:
For more information visit coralgables.com/electronicrecycling or call 305-460-5008.
News & Updates
Keep Coral Gables Beautiful has launched a new year-round Battery Recycling Pilot Program. This program aligns with the City’s goal of reducing waste that is ending up in landfills and building a more resilient and sustainable City Beautiful. For more information on accepted batteries please visit coralgables.com/batteries.
Battery recycling bins have been placed in the following locations:
Keep America Beautiful 2020 National Litter Study
The results are in on litter in America. Keep America Beautiful has released data from their 2020 national litter study providing a valid, national estimate of litter along waterways and roadways in the U.S. The study shows that there has been a 54% reduction in roadside litter. While this is promising, there is still work to be done. Help keep our roads litter-free by participating in FDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program. If you or your organization would like to become involved in Florida’s Adopt-A-Highway program, please call 1-800-BAN-LITT(er) / 1-800-226-5488 or visit www.myflorida.com.
Additional key findings include:
PPE Litter Public Service Announcement
Downtown Community Cleanup
Keep Coral Gables Beautiful together with the Chamber of Commerce, BID, and 45 volunteers took to the streets of our downtown to clean up litter and #KeepourCityBeautiful. In a little over an hour, volunteers collected a total of 161 pounds of litter!
Parks Pollinator Palooza
Thank you to the over 30 families that joined us this past Saturday at the Parks Pollinator Palooza. Families participated in a talk by Dr. Clayborn on “Butterfly Gardening and Imagination” and helped plant several flowers in the War Memorial Youth Center Butterfly Garden. A big thank you to the Coral Gables Garden Club for their partnership in this event.
International Coastal Cleanup 2021
Approximately 150 people participated in Keep Coral Gables Beautiful International Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers collected more than 550 pounds of litter from four sites. An additional cleanup effort took place at Matheson Hammock park where volunteers collected more than 450 pounds of litter bringing the total collected within the City of Coral Gables to more than 1,000 pounds. Thank you for helping to #KeepCoralGablesBeautiful.