Vero Goes Zero

Beach Baskets

After teaming up with Indian River County and the City of Vero Beach to pilot this novel opportunity, Beach Baskets have become the brand-new best friend for anyone visiting the beach. You can find these free baskets available at public beach access points encouraging beachgoers to pick up debris while they visit the beach. These baskets have shown to be a cost-effective tool for engaging both residents and area visitors as stewards of the environment.

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Coastal Cleanups

Become a citizen scientist for a day as we remove debris from beaches, lagoon-front parks, and beachside parking lots and sidewalks.To sponsor our coastal cleanups or set up a private cleanup for your group or business, please email info@coastal-connections.org.

Sunrise At Sexton

On the first Wednesday of every month, our “trashiest” volunteers meet at 7 am for a sunrise beachfront cleanup starting at Sexton Plaza in Vero Beach, Florida. Everyone is welcome to join us as we keep debris out of our storm drains and off our sandy beaches. Sign-in required at arrival.

Quarterly Cleanups

Volunteer with us for a community-driven cleanup event scheduled once every few months at a coastal park in Indian River County, Florida. Approximately 100 pounds of debris is removed during every Coastal Cleanup Event. Cleanup dates and locations can be found on our Event Calendar.

International Coastal Cleanup Day

Our favorite cleanup day of the year occurs every September! This international movement is so important for the health of our oceans. Every year in September our team spends two hours along the Indian River Lagoon removing debris of all sizes to clean up our waterway. All data collected contributes to a marine debris database managed by the Ocean Conservancy that is used by decision-makers at all levels of government.

Become Plastic Free!

Thanks to funding from Surfing Evolution and Preservation Foundation, our sustainability team works with small businesses to help them take the next step in their path to sustainability.  We want our community to provide excellent alternatives to single-use plastics because each piece of plastic we use will never disappear or decompose. By using an alternative to single-use plastic for common products like cups, containers, bags, and straws, we are greatly reducing the amount of harmful plastic that escapes into our oceans and increasing our ability to compost or reuse items for a healthier future. Businesses who have committed to the process of eliminating single-use plastics are considered Vero Goes Zero businesses and should be supported for the ongoing dedication to our environment and saving sea turtles from the threats of human-caused plastic debris. 

Reduce, Reuse, RECYCLE!

Coastal Connections, Inc partners with Indian River County and the Oceanfront Business Association to provide special recycling opportunities for members of our community. 

Farmers Market Recycling is a small program that provides effective signage and recycling bins throughout the weekly OBA Farmers Market located at Humiston Park on Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Our team evaluates recycling efficiencies and works with vendors to educate consumers on what products are and are not recyclable to reduce recycling contamination.

WRAP Recycling is a program extension to a Statewide initiative offered by Indian River County SWDD. Our team provides education and a free removal service for small businesses who collect soft plastic films or wrapping typically found around packaged goods. WRAP materials can include bubble wrap, plastic bags, cling wrap, and soft plastic packaging. These materials are scheduled for pickup and are weighted and evaluated before being taken to a local convenience center by a CCinc team member for bundling and recycling.

Coastal Connections Farmers Market Recycling Bins
Coastal Connections Farmers Market Recycling
Coastal Connections WRAP Recycling