City of Tampa will debut new garbage boat named 'Litter Skimmer' this weekend

The boat is part of Mayor Jane Castor's "Keep It Clean, Tampa" initiative.

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In effort to combat floating trash in the Hillsborough River, the City of Tampa will debut its new garbage boat this weekend, named "Litter Skimmer."

According to the City of Tampa, Little Skimmer will be operated by the Solid Waste Department and will scoop up trash eight hours a day, for four days per week, along the river and around Davis Islands, and the Bay.

The boat is part of Mayor Jane Castor's "Keep It Clean, Tampa" initiative, which also includes a citywide litter clean-up this Saturday from 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at Cheney Park, Borrell Park, Gadsden Park, and Grant Park.

Single-use plastic is enemy number one for Litter Skimmer, says the city. "The top contributor to marine debris is single-use, or disposable, plastic products, including container caps and lids, beverage bottles, plastic bags, food wrappers, cups, plates, cutlery, and drinking straws, says a statement on the city's website. "Single-use plastic utensils and containers threaten marine environments because they do not fully break down or decompose."

As of now, it's unclear if the City of Tampa plans to operate Little Skimmer north of the Hillsborough River dam, which is located in the more lower income area of Sulphur Springs and is also host to the city's water treatment facility, where 90% of residents get their drinking water.

Creative Loafing Tampa Bay reached out to the city for clarification, and will update this post if they get back to us.

Correction: A previous version of this article referred to the boat as "Little Skimmer," CL regrets the error.