We extended the event into May this year so more schools could participate after the FCAT test time, and students do get community service hours. It's all about getting people aware that litter is a problem and that there is something we can do about it and get involved with yearly.
It's a huge problem with the chemical in the filters. It's not one that is the problem, but trillions on the ground. Everything that goes into the ground goes into our water, and it affects other creatures and marine animals.
The Great American Cleanup allows us to branch out from the Adopt-A-Street program to other communities and schools. It also gives us an opportunity to visit schools and teach about litter prevention and recycling.