Hundreds of volunteers mobilize to clean the banks of the Saint-Jean River

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – News4Jax partnered with Beaches Go Green for a Jax Community Cleanup.

Everything was on the bridge Sunday morning as hundreds of volunteers cleaned up the north shore of the Saint John River, from the Acosta Bridge to Memorial Park and to Riverside Park.

Beaches Go Green founder Anne Marie Moquin told News4Jax the event meant more than just picking up trash on the streets.

“It’s not just about cleaning up waste, it’s about raising awareness,” Moquin said.

For two hours, starting with the Winston YMCA, volunteers got their hands dirty in hopes of keeping the community clean. In the first hour of the event, 2,000 pounds of trash were picked up. There were even some interesting finds like a big red car bumper.

“We have already found some pretty strange personal items. I mean a lot of trash, a lot of space to throw away trash, ”said volunteer Hope and Miaya Miller.

“The garbage shouldn’t be here at all for us to pick up, but obviously we have to collect the garbage that’s already there. We have to come and pick it up, ”said Ranya Benchaaboune and Lilliana Leitao, volunteers.

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The date of the next cleaning has not yet been set, but on-site registration will be available.

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