Duke Energy sponsored the wrap-up activity for the week-long conservation event
On Monday, November 10th, more than 120 Duke Energy employees from St. Petersburg/Clearwater rallied in St. Pete to help prevent trash and pollutants from washing down storm drains into Tampa Bay. They picked up litter and mark storm drains with educational reminders that “only rain should go down the drain.”
Employee volunteers picked up trash and marked more than 150 storm drains to help prevent garbage and pollutants from washing down storm drains into Tampa Bay where it can remain for generations.
In all, 98 large bags of trash were collected, including:
- 1013 cigarette butts,
- 707 food wrappers and take-out containers,
- 336 straws and stirrers,
- 236 cans,
- 181 plastic cups and beverage containers,
- 154 paper cups and beverage containers, and
- 119 glass bottles
Street gutters and storm drains lead directly into the bay, carrying litter along with the rainwater. This trash remains in our water supply for generations.
About BLUE: BLUE is an international non-profit organization that uses the power of film, visual arts, entertainment, and science to inspire ocean stewardship around the world. The annual festival has become the premier watering hole for scientist, filmmakers, explorers, artists, government leaders, celebrities and ocean enterprises, providing a springboard for individual empowerment and policy action to help save Earth’s blue life support system. Since 2010, BLUE has presented over fifty BLUE On Tour educational outreach events to thousands of people in China, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand. The BLUE 2014 sponsors include ROLEX, Google, Disneynature, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, City of St. Petersburg, Bright House Networks, The Tampa Bay Times and more. For more information, visit http:// www.blueoceanfilmfestival.org/