JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Volunteers pitched in to clean up the St. Johns River on Saturday. Many people participated in the 24th annual river cleanup that stretched in areas from Mandarin to the Beaches.

Several bags of trash were collected at the Reddie Point Preserve along the southern riverbank.

A volunteer says that cleaning up trash one day is good, but everyone can do their part each day of the year to help protect the environment.

"It's reassuring seeing the number of people who have come out," Jackie Eldridge said. She's worked with the City of Jacksonville for over 30 years helping clean up city parks.

She says she helped Keep Jacksonville Beautiful grow since the program's inception.

She's encouraged that there were 30 different locations where volunteers could pick up trash along the river.

Eldridge says the cleanup is a reminder that a little bit of work can go a long way in keeping our rivers clean.

"We have so many beautiful places in Jacksonville and the people should enjoy them and not trash them," she said.