NFCC saw the potential success of a trash collection barge. A boat of volunteers to collect trash? We knew it could work because people care. Countless dedicated volunteers aboard The Litter Gitter have removed an estimated 12,000 pounds of debris from the Matanzas River–most of which is light-weight, single-use plastic! The Litter Gitter has survived two major hurricanes and helped in both recovery efforts. But it’s time to upgrade to The Litter Gitter 2. Check out this Lewis & Clark segment which aired on First Coast News.
The Litter Gitter isn’t quite large enough–it’s current capacity is only 6 volunteers per trip because the collection takes up the entire deck. The boat is filled with litter after virtually every trip. NFCC has considered shuttling larger groups to cleanup sites. Unfortunately, the motor isn’t fast enough to make multiple trips accommodating those groups.
NFCC is raising money to purchase The Litter Gitter 2. A larger vessel will allow a greater impact–more deck room means larger litter hauls, a faster motor accommodates larger groups and more trips. You can make a tax-exempt donation to North Florida Coastal Caretakers by using the button below. Don’t forget to share this page and invite your friends to the cause! Business owners interested in getting their logo on the The Litter Gitter 2 should call or email Jess (904-827-3777 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.
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To reach the limited access areas along St. Augustine’s intercoastal waterway, local environmental leader and boat captain, Adam Morley, had an idea.
He took volunteers on a boat, courtesy of St. Augustine Eco Tours, along the Matanzas River to collect litter. Within a couple of hours, the group of four collected hundreds of pounds of debris from the Matanzas River.
This effort inspired Adam to start a crowdfunding campaign which enabled him to raise enough money to purchase and completely retrofit a vessel for the exclusive purpose of collecting litter; he named her The Litter Gitter. On February 10, 2016, The Litter Gitter launched from the Douglas C. Crane Park and Boat Ramp and has been removing debris from the Matanzas ever since.