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A middle school mission team from Jacksonville, Florida, joined Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful for a four-day community enhancement venture. The youth painted tables, pressure washed the building , planted flowers and played bingo at the ARC adult day care center. They made 600 food boxes at the food bank for the needy; they trimmed shrubs at a city park; and they painted the front porch of a city golf course clubhouse. But their favorite venture was painting out graffiti. This was the eighth year that @ Beach United Methodist Church has partnered with Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful.

Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful Albany, GA

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As Keep Winter Park Beautiful 's contribution to the Great American Cleanup, we cleaned up the Lake Virginia areas within the watershed. Groups met at Dinky Dock Park and then were deployed to predetermined, designated locations that were mapped out with the help of the City of Winter Park Lakes Department. Equipment and boats were supplied by the City of Winter Park. Participants included folks from Dayo Scuba who practiced their dive skills while retrieving sunken trash. A SUP club and a canoe and kayak club were on hand to help skim the lake's shoreline, and multiple Winter Park residents and Rollins College students walked the streets within the watershed. In total, we had 55 volunteers that pitched in to collect approximately 440 lbs of debris, including 18 full garbage bags, a lawn chair, and an old buoy!

Keep Winter Park Beautiful, Winter Park, FL

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Cigarettes = Litter Campaign Keep Norfolk Beautiful is pleased to be a part of this regional effort to educate the public on smoking product litter. We have known for a long time that cigarette butts are the number one littered item and the most costly to remove due to their small size. The hope of this educational campaign is to dispel the most egregious myths about this particular type of litter. Myth 1- Filters are biodegradable. This means to break down by a living organism. Filters are plastic so they simply degrade and the plastic breaks into even smaller pieces. In water, these small pieces are mistaken for food by small creatures which in turn get eaten by bigger creatures including you and me! Myth 2 – “My one cigarette butt is no big deal” – In Virginia 20% of the population smokes. At just one small site in downtown Norfolk volunteers counted 631 butts and cigar tips. Multiply that by all the stop lights and areas outside restaurants all over Hampton Roads and you get more than one. The good news is that smokers respond well to added receptacles -- a key strategy for reducing this type of litter. Most don’t know that butts harm waterways and, after learning the facts, carry a pocket or car ashtray. During the summer, Norfolk’s campaign will focus on Civic Plaza which includes City Hall, a Light Rail stop, and the new court building. Fact sheets, new receptacles and both pocket and car ashtrays will be distributed free of charge. Picking this location will reach a diverse group of citizens and city leaders who can spread the word about keeping Norfolk beautiful. During Keep Norfolk Beautiful day in April, these awesome volunteers did a scan of the targeted campaign area at Civic Plaza. To learn more visit www.norfolk.gov/litter.

Keep Norfolk Beautiful, Norfolk, VA

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Metro Beautification would like to express a big THANK YOU!!!! to Keep America Beautiful and Waste Management for the 2014 Waste Management Think Green Grant. We were able to completely overhaul our recycling education room located in the Waste Management materials recovery facility. This included installing recycled content flooring, painting the walls, installing large live-sized decals of aluminum, plastic, paper and cardboard bales, a cabinet displaying items made from recycled material, as well as installation of a camera and large screen tvs that create a virtual window into the recycling facility. The camera can be controlled in the education room by the kids or adults to see how recyclables are processed. Our education room is rather small, but this grant helped us to maximize the space and create a fun, educational and interactive experience!

Metro Beautification & Environment Commission, Nashville, TN

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