Miami-Dade County's 40th Annual Baynanza cleanup event took place on Saturday at various locations along Biscayne Bay in celebration of Earth Day.
Special guests like Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Commissioner Eileen Higgins and Zoo Miami's Ron Magill all showed up to do their part.
The event began at 9 a.m., with Morningside Park serving as this year’s VIP location.
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Baynanza is organized by the Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources, Division of Environmental Resources Management (DERM), with the help of thousands of volunteers.
The purpose of the event is to clean debris and litter from Biscayne Bay while raising awareness of both the beauty and challenges faced by this vital ecosystem, according to a Miami-Dade County news release.
The importance of preventing litter in waterways is central to Baynanza’s mission of teaching residents that everything they do, both in the water and on land, affects the health of the bay.
At the event, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Commissioner Eileen Higgins announced the new Plastic Free 305 program which will provide local businesses with tools to reduce their reliance on single-use plastics.
The program will give all residents of Miami-Dade County the opportunity to make a difference in the fight against plastic pollution in Biscayne Bay, the ocean and other waterways.
"Plastic Free 305 celebrates Miami-Dade County businesses dedicated to reducing or eliminating the purchase and use of single-use plastics through the adoption of reuse and sustainable replacement strategies," according to the Miami Dade County website.
Members can find and support Plastic Free businesses in the neighborhood by using the Plastic Free 305 Viewer.