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 effort, and keep our City Beautiful.
Executive Director(s) Contact Information:
The Great American Cleanup is one of the staple annual initiatives of Keep America Beautiful. The Great American Cleanup® unifies and beautifies communities across the country in a grassroots spring-cleaning movement. It prompts individuals to take greater responsibility for their local environment by conducting grassroots community service projects that engage volunteers, local businesses, and civic leaders. A successful Great American Cleanup project must fulfill the needs of the local community. Additional information on the history of this cleanup season can be found here: https://kab.org/programs/great-american-cleanup/.
Drive It Home – Keep or Paradise Litter-Free is a Florida Department of Transportation campaign with a goal to establish and build awareness of the importance of roadside litter prevention. Additional information on this campaign can be found here: https://cleanflroads.com/.
This Great American Cleanup season Keep Coral Gables Beautiful encourages residents to participate in solo cleanups. Now through June 20, you can earn community service hours, enter the Most Pounds of Litter Collected contest to win great prizes, and help keep our City Beautiful.
Participation is simple – Register online, pick a location (around your neighborhood, a local park, etc.) and make sure to download the Clean Swell App to track your litter collection. Make sure to share your #SoloCleanup on social media with the hashtags #KeepCoralGablesBeautiful, #cleanYourblock.
Supplies such as gloves, pick-up tools, and garbage bags are available. Please complete the registration form to request the needed supplies.
Most Pounds of Litter Collected Contest:
Enter for a chance to win gift certificates to local Coral Gables restaurants. Prizes made possible through the Coral Gables Community Foundation. The contest will run throughout the season from April 5 through June 20 allowing participants to host multiple solo cleanups and increase the total pounds collected.
How to enter:
Community Service Hours:
News & Updates
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
Keep Coral Gables Beautiful in partnership with the Coral Gables Community Foundation, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and the Business Improvement District, volunteers took to the streets of downtown Coral Gables to pick up litter from sidewalks, medians, and alleys.
Thankfully, the rain didn’t stop participants from collecting 69 pounds of litter in a two-mile radius.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
Thank you to the more than 400 cars and 750 attendees who drove through the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on Saturday, April 24. As a result, the City was able to safely dispose of 8,804 pounds of old electronics,14,000 pounds of household hazardous waste, and 8,000 pounds of shredded sensitive paper.
Throughout the past six years, these bi-annual events have diverted more than 240,000 pounds of electronic and hazardous waste along with over 49,000 pounds of paper from entering landfills and polluting the environment.
University of Miami Litter Index
Keep Coral Gables Beautiful and the University of Miami partnered to conduct a campus-wide litter index this past April. Using Keep America Beautiful’s Community Appearance Index methodology, students mapped out the campus into three areas with four sites in each which were scored on a scale of one to four depending on the litter present. The campuses received an overall score of 1.33 meaning that there was minimal or no litter present on campus.Keep Coral Gables Beautiful is in the process of conducting a citywide litter index.
Plogging at Matheson Collection Results
Keep Coral Gables Beautiful wants to thank everyone that participated in the Great American Cleanup season kick-off event, 'Plogging at Matheson' on March 20, 2021. Participants collected a total of 165 pounds of waste, all while enjoying the spring weather and helping the environment. Make sure to stay tuned for more upcoming events and ways to keep our environment green.