Keep Haltom City Beautiful, TX breaks the World Record for The Largest Cardboard Box Sculpture

Do you know anyone who’s broken a World Record? We know some people in Haltom City who have!

In partnership with the Northeast Environmental Team, Keep Haltom City Beautiful broke the World Record for The Largest Cardboard Box Sculpture on November 15, 2014, timed very appropriately to America and Texas Recycles Day.

The sculpture, measuring  41’3” long,  14’ high, and 25’6” deep,  was sketched and designed by Don Tipps and architect Daniel Williams. Sixty volunteers, 18,000 cardboard boxes, and a combined 487 volunteer hours later, a replica of the city’s original Birdville County Courthouse from 1855 was erected and a new World Record broken.

When the sculpture was eventually disassembled, it took 3 roll-off dumpster loads to recycle an astounding seven tons of cardboard!

Projects like this prove that with cooperation from members across the community—from local students and businesses, to city employees—anything is possible. Congratulations to Keep Haltom City Beautiful and the outstanding volunteers who achieved this incredible feat!

Check out their sculpture on the Official Guinness World Record website here.

Keep Haltom City Beautiful Participated in 21st annual Enviro-Camp

On June 9th, 10th & 11th, the Northeast Environmental Team (NEET) and members of Keep Haltom City Beautiful hosted its 21st  annual Enviro-Camp for 38 3rd-5th grade students from the Birdville Independent School District (BISD) at the BISD Environmental Study Center. The theme around this year’s camp was… birds!

Over the course of the three days, campers were busy taking part in an array of activities. Highlights included listening to a guest speaker who came with 5 rescued raptors, a field trip to the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Centre in Cedar Hill, Texas, and a bird-watching nature hike expedition led by a local bird-watching expert. Oh—and who could forget the delectable s’mores!?

It’s no surprise with highlights like these that Enviro-Camp 2015 was a great success! We can’t wait to hear about the fun next year’s Enviro-Camp brings to students of Haltom City.

Seven Ways to Host the Greenest BBQ Ever!

Summer BBQ season is here! It’s a time for summer gatherings full of party recyclables, and a great time to refresh your memory on how to reduce, reuse and recycle right. Follow the 7 tips below and not only will you be keeping America beautiful this summer, you will impress your guests with the greenest BBQ ever!

-Set up for success. Make a point to direct your guests to clearly marked recycling and trash bins so they can help you sort during the party. It gets messy when the bottles mix with potato salad!

-Use pitchers for beverages such as water, lemonade and iced tea.Instead of buying personal-sized beverage containers, make your beverages (homemade raspberry lemonade, anyone?) and serve them in pitchers. Which leads us to…

-Provide a marker next to plastic cups so guests can write their names on the cups. BBQ party guests can easily lose track of their drinks and therefore use more than one cup. By giving them a way to mark their drink it will help them to use less. Encourage your guests to get creative with their signatures!

-Collect plastic wrap separately for a drop-off. Plastic grocery bags, hot dog and hamburger bun bags, bags of ice – these plastic bags are also recyclable but not in the curbside recycling bin. Find a retailer near you that collects them:

-Choose reusable or compostable dishware and utensils. Time to bust out your good silverware! To lighten the trash load, consider using regular plates and utensils rather than disposable. If you have composting services available, compostable plates and utensils may be an option for you, too.

-Remember that many of the BBQ staples can be recycled. Dip containers, salsa jars and cracker boxes.

-Know the compostable food scraps. If you’re a backyard composter, collect those foods scraps for your compost bin. Here is a quick tip sheet from our friends at EPA:

Recycling Throughout Your Home on America Recycles Day 2014

America Recycles Day is November 15, a time to celebrate recycling and set new standards for your recycling habits for the rest of the year. With the national recycling rate of 34.5%, there is still so much work to be done to recycle more, to recycle right and to convert friends and family into recyclers.

A great way to step up your recycling game is to think about the recyclables throughout your entire home. Too often, Americans keep their recycling confined to the kitchen, but did you know there is so much more to recycle than just in the kitchen? Think about your workspace, for example, and how you could be recycling all of that paper you use. For every ton of paper recovered for recycling, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space are saved! And how about your electronics? Electronics contain valuable precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum, palladium, copper, tin and zinc and can be recycled into jewelry, new electronics and more.

This year, America Recycles Day falls on a Saturday, so we challenge you to think outside of the kitchen and take some time to set up your entire house for recycling success:

• Explore other items in your home that can be recycled in the infographic below.
• Place recycling bins in different rooms of your home to make recycling easier.
• Talk with your family or roommates about your new plan.
• Solidify your commitment by pledging to keep it up all year long at

The average American generates 4.4 pounds of trash per day, just think of all the potential of that trash! Do your part in caring for our environment and recycle. Let’s keep our planet beautiful for generations to come.

America Recycles Day 2014 is made possible by national sponsorship support from these leading companies: Amcor, American Chemistry Council, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Pilot Corporation of America (Pilot Pen) and Waste Management.

Sarah Visser, Keep Georgia Beautiful, 2014 40 Under 40

Sarah Visser, 37

Executive Director

Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation


Visser keeps environmental awareness all in the family. As executive director for the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, Visser works with a personal and professional passion to keep Georgia’s environment sustainable for generations to come – even her own. She describes her 4-year-old daughter as a “serious recycler” and takes her to community cleanup events, which Visser attends even on her own time on weekends.

Visser and the foundation provide training and resources for litter reduction, community cleanups and environmental sustainability to the more than 75 Keep Georgia Beautiful community affiliates, the largest network of its kind in the nation.

“Our goal is to help them be successful and change attitudes around environmental issues in communities,” she says.

Clearly, it’s something she’s working hard at in her community, in her work and in her home. – ES