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Fill-A-Bag project comes to Southwest Florida to promote beach clean up

Posted: 10:43 PM, Feb 23, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-23 22:43:17-05

NAPLES, Fla. — Manny Rionda noticed the amount of trash along beaches. This prompted him to launch Fill-A-Bag, the initiative promotes environmentally friendly ways to keep our beaches clean by using resuseabale buckets. Caitlyn Brunk with Delnor-Wiggins park quickly joined in on the effort.

Every morning we run the beach ourselves and while we are running the beach usually in our UTV’s, we pick up a lot of the trash that people will leave behind, because shoreline pollution is a really big issue especially in coastal areas like Naples and Fort Myers”, Caitlyn Brunk, Delnor - Wiggins Park Services Specialist.

She says this project is very important for our area.

“Not a lot of people know to do to it in their own backyard, to help prevent these large picture issues, so that’s why I think it makes it really important here, because it makes it more personal, it’s our own backyard, and it makes it away for people to feel good about what they do”, Brunk.

One visitor from Canada agrees this plan will help keep our beaches free of debris.

“There is so much litter on the beach and this way people are encouraged to either pick it up, and once they see it they’ll go back and pick up the garbage rather than leaving it behind it’s really helpful”, said John Watson, a visitor from Canada

Watson believes it’s much bigger than just picking up garbage, but about keeping our waters clean as well.

“It helps with keeping everything so clean because, all the stuff that goes in those baskets would be on the beach or in the water going everywhere so it’s really an environmental thing more than just garbage”, said Watson.