I Love A Clean San Diego, San Diego, CA

While I Love A Clean San Diego’s Creek to Bay Cleanup has come and gone, one thing still remains — the community pride felt by thousands of San Diego residents who showed their support for the local environment by spending a few hours restoring it at the 11th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup.

Preliminary totals from the April 27 event suggest that roughly 6,000 volunteers participated, removing more than 100,000 pounds of trash. Participants scattered across a record 90 cleanup sites countywide. From a staggering 495 volunteers at Poway Lake to a small but mighty group of six volunteers at Sunshine Park, the local environment is a lot cleaner thanks to the efforts of many. A group of 25 boaters even took to the water to clean up San Diego Bay by boat!

Coordinators kicked off the cleanup event at Grant Hill Park in Sherman Heights at 9 am on April 27. The kickoff featured many elected officials, corporate volunteer teams and members of the local community. Attendees painted park benches, trash cans, and storage sheds, as well as removed trash and stenciled storm drains with pollution prevention messages. Some of the most unusual items removed at the cleanup included a trumpet, a waterbed, and a brick of salami. Volunteers reported that the most common items collected were cigarette butts and food wrappers/packaging.

The Creek to Bay Cleanup is part of the national Great American Cleanup, organized by Keep America Beautiful. I Love A Clean San Diego is the Keep America Beautiful affiliate in San Diego County. You can learn more about I Love A Clean San Diego’s signature event, the Creek to Bay Cleanup, at www.CreektoBay.org.

KNOX, Hartford, CT

On Keep America Beautiful’s National Day of Action, over 40 volunteers gathered in Hartford’s Keney Park to beautify the historic green space. Keney Park, one of Hartford’s most underutilized assets and the city’s largest public park, is overrun with invasive plants, garbage and just plain neglect. With the help of Keep America Beautiful affiliate KNOX and KAB staff, volunteers re-greened the park by planting trees, removing bittersweet oriental and picking up litter. Each volunteer made a transformational difference! An individual who grew up by the park even said she “fell in love with the park all over again.” Now that’s the true purpose of the National Day of Action – inspiring volunteers to keep America green and beautiful! Thanks Nestle Pure Water and Troy-Bilt for your contributions to the event!

OKC Beautiful, Oklahoma City, OK

OKC Beautiful’s National Day of Action on April 6th was a huge success! Over 250 volunteers from local businesses, schools, and churches joined the OKC Beautiful staff in cleaning up the 1500 acres of the Lake Overholser and Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge located in Oklahoma City. Lake Overholser was chosen as this years clean up site because it is an important source of water in Oklahoma City and illegal dumping is a common problem. Volunteers worked on land and in kayaks picking up over 77 pounds of aluminum, 1/2 a ton of scrap metal, 22 tires, and 1.3 tons of plastic. The success and publicity from this event has led to other volunteers contacting OKC Beautiful and asking how they can help clean up our city…a great outcome from a wonderful day!

Youngstown Litter Control and Recycling, Youngstown, Ohio

On Earth Day, Juniors and Seniors from Choffin Career and Technical Center came out to help cleanup two heavily littered areas in Youngstown, Ohio. This is an annual effort by these students to help make Youngstown Clean and Green! Students collected over 63 bags of trash, 12 tires and over a truckload of other trash and debris across the sites. They are hard workers every year and we appreciate their dedication!

Keep Clark County Beautiful

Student volunteers from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, have participated in 3 graffiti paint-outs during this year’s Great American Cleanup! In this shot, volunteer Ian McNeill cleans up a bridge leading over the county’s multi-use recreational trails on Wednesday, April 24th.

Keep Ohio Beautiful, OH

The Recycle-Bowl first place winner in Ohio went to STEPS Center for Excellence in Autism in Strongsville, OH where students recycled 25 pounds of waste per child, earning $1,000 in prize money for the school. If all students in America recycled at the rate of this year’s Recycle-Bowl competitors, approximately 2.4 million tons of material would be diverted annually from landfills. That would be the weight of 201,135 school buses. Students were recognized at a special awards ceremony and ice cream social at the school. Keep Ohio Beautiful was joined by the Mayor of Strongsville and the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District.

“Keep Ohio Beautiful is especially excited to share that STEPS Center in Excellence in Autism is the most improved school out of the 1,577 schools registered nationwide! They went from 1 lb. / capita to
25 lbs. / capita. In addition, the Keep Ohio Beautiful Board of Directors donated a recycled picnic table for the students to use during lunch period and recess,” said Michael Mennett, executive director of Keep Ohio Beautiful.

Keep Ohio Beautiful, Ohio

Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB), the Ohio Department of Transportation, and the Ohio Turnpike Commission held our annual State Roadway Cleanup on Saturday, April 6 in Cleveland. This was the first time KOB held its State Roadway Cleanup in Cleveland.

Volunteers comprising neighborhood groups, businesses and organizations met in downtown Cleveland to tackle area roadways to pick up thousands of pounds of litter, recyclables and debris. After the cleanup, volunteers were treated with free tickets to see the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Orlando Magic that weekend.

Keep America Beautiful, the national Great American Cleanup initiative, selected Keep Ohio Beautiful’s State Roadway Cleanup in Cleveland to showcase as one of their seven nationwide locations for the National Day of Action.

We were excited Waste Management was our recycling partner for the State Roadway Cleanup Event in Cleveland on April 6. Because of Waste Management’s donations of its recycling and waste services, this will be the second time that Keep Ohio Beautiful’s State Roadway Cleanup Event will utilize single-stream recycling. The recyclables that are collected by the volunteers on April 6 will go to Waste Management’s recycling facility in Akron, OH for processing. Incorporating recycling into this event is truly the perfect way to help the environment for future generations. We want to thanks all of the Great American Cleanup sponsors such as Glad, Nestle Pure Life, and Troy-Bilt.

Keep Columbus Beautiful Columbus Junction, Iowa

We’re celebrating Keep Columbus Beautiful Week April 20-27. We started with a roadside clean up on Saturday; eight volunteers cleaned both sides of a one-mile stretch of county road west of town gathering 15 bags of trash and 8 of recyclables. Thank you Glad for the trash bags and Nestle for the water! Our local lunch sponsor was Tyson. On Earth Day afternoon, all the 7th and 8th graders at Columbus Junior High fanned out across town picking up litter and dropping off information about recycling and hazardous waste disposal. Stapled to each flier was a packet of marigold seeds, so we achieved the trifecta–clean up, education and beautification! The citywide clean up will be Friday, and we’ll wrap up the week on Saturday with a clean up of our Swinging Bridge area.