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On Saturday Sept. 27, as 15,000 runners were running through the streets of Akron -- and even more spectators were lining the streets watching -- Keep Akron Beautiful was assisting the Akron Marathon with its recycling efforts! Early in the morning, a crew of 15 made sure that the trash cans only had trash in them, and that the recycling bins were highly utilized. This group was sorting everything that people were throwing in the trash, pulling out water bottles, cans, and making sure the clothing was donated, not thrown away! Only 10 bags of trash were collected at the start line, and two large blue recycling totes were FULL of recyclables. On the concourse and at the finish line of the race, our Green Team was collecting heat sheets and grocery bags, chip bags to be recycled, PowerBar wrappers to be recycled, bottles and cans, and banana peels to be composted. The Akron Marathon, Keep Akron Beautiful and ReWorks rallied together to make recycling and composting a breeze for all runners involved in the festivities. Thanks to a grant from Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation, this is the second year we were able to utilize the 25 recycling bins designed specifically for placement at the race. These bins were placed on the concourse of Canal Park on Sept. 27. A special thanks goes out to the “Green Team,” who worked together to make sure the recyclables and trash were in their proper places. From the start line to the finish line and everywhere in between, the volunteers did an amazing job! Congratulations Akron (AND ALL RUNNERS!) on another successful Akron Marathon! The results? Twenty-five full bags of heat sheets were taken to the Blankets to Boards program; 3.41 tons of recyclables; and 630 lbs of clothing were donated to the Salvation Army. We are still waiting on numbers for our composting. It was a very successful recycling day at the Akron Marathon. We are proud to work with such great partners to make this happen in Akron!

Keep Akron Beautiful, Akron, OH

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Keep America Beautiful’s Director of Special Projects Sue Smith was invited by the United States Department of State to participate in Guyana Shines: Keep Guyana Beautiful’s first civil society workshop in Georgetown, Guyana. The workshop aimed to share best practices of promoting environmental stewardship and equipping civil society organizations with knowledge and information about recycling, composting, and other grassroots actions civil society organizations can take on the environment. The workshop was officially opened by United States Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Bryan Hunt and facilitated by Smith, Dr. Rosh Khan of SocialRank Media and Steve Douglas of Bravo Arts. The Mayor of Georgetown, His Worship Hamilton Green, was also in attendance.  Smith shared ideas and strategies on how to apply KAB’s five-step process to combat littering. Smith’s visit was made possible by the U.S. Department of State Speaker Program. The workshop was attended by staff members of various nonprofit organizations such as Youths for Guyana, Georgetown Stabroek Leo Club, Caribbean Youth Environmental Network - Guyana, U.S. Embassy's Youth Action Network, Enmore Youth Development Group, Global Shapers Georgetown Hub, Bravo Arts, Rotaract Club, University of Guyana, Linden Shines, Berbice Shines, Everything Makes Craft, and the Georgetown Mayor and City Council. Formally launched on June 1, 2014, the Guyana Shines: Keep Guyana Beautiful project will continue until June 2015 with focused messaging on the environment through “education” and “action” elements.  These will include a series of environmental workshops for civil society and private sector partners, training and collaboration with schools and environmental clubs, radio and TV public service announcements; the creation of protected green spaces, and weekly cleanups. The Guyana Shines: Keep Guyana Beautiful project is implemented by Youths for Guyana and receives financial support from the U.S. Department of State as well as corporate donors including ExxonMobil, Caribbean Containers Inc., the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Republic Bank.

Guyana Shines: Keep Guyana Beautiful Hosts First Civil Society Workshop

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Bronwen Evans, Keep America Beautiful's director of litter programs, presented at the Second Annual NC Marine Debris Symposium in Sneads Ferry, N.C., last week. Lisa Rider of Keep Onslow Beautiful and her team did an incredible job organizing the event which included marine debris issues, waste reduction, recycling, litter prevention, clean marinas, and green tourism. Evans' Cigarette Litter Prevention Program session was very well-received and generated a lot of interest: how to keep cigarette butts off the beach is a hot topic! Keep America Beautiful staff participated in a couple of cleanups at beautiful Topsail Beach (above), networked with a great group of people, and worked to make the whole event “zero waste.”

NC Marine Debris Symposium, Sneads Ferry, NC

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