"Businesses Against Waste"

Keep Indian River Beautiful, in partnership with Keep Brevard Beautiful and the Sebastian Natural Resource Board, is now offering the Litter Quitter program in Sebastian.  This program uses partnerships with local businesses as a means of reducing common sources of litter, like single-use plastics, plastic bags and polystyrene (Styrofoam).

Our trained public outreach volunteers are out hitting the streets in hopes of convincing their favorite local restaurants to make one small, cost-effective business practice change to reduce litter. In exchange, businesses receive free marketing promotion, discounts on sustainable products, and networking/education opportunities. To learn more or to become a volunteer, email

Important Information

3 Level System

Bronze Level (must meet at least one) 

  • Ask first straw policy.

  • Switch to a sustainable straw option such as paper, metal, or reusable plastic.

  • Encourage customers to bring their own reusable straw.

Silver Level (must meet at least one plus one bronze) 

  • Switch plastic bags to paper bags.

  • Encourage customers to bring their own reusable bags.

  • Switch plastic utensils to a sustainable option such as bamboo, corn-based, reusable, etc.

Gold Level (must meet at least one plus one silver and bronze) 

  • Switch Styrofoam cups to a sustainable option such as corn-based, paper, reusable, etc.

  • Switch to-go containers to a sustainable option such as corn-based, recycled plastic, paper, etc.

  • Encourage customers to bring their own to-go containers.

  • Deck netting for waterside businesses.

The Dirty Facts

Please support our participants!

  • Plastic debris causes the deaths of more than a million seabirds every year, as well as more than 100,000 marine mammals.

  • 90 percent of floating marine litter is plastics and Styrofoam.

  • 80 percent of marine litter originates from activities on land.

  • 500-1000 years is how long it takes a single piece of plastic to degrade.

  • Polystyrene is a suspected carcinogen and never bio-degrades.

  • Over 220 million tons of plastic are produced each year.


Keep Indian River Beautiful is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to unite our community through environmental responsibility. As a Keep America Beautiful affiliate, we focus on three main goals: Improving Recycling, Ending Litter, and Beautify Our Community.

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