Keep Bartow Beautiful, Cartersville, GA

Euharlee Elementary, Euharlee, Georgia, wins 2014 Grand Prize in the Keep Bartow Beautiful School Recycling Contest: Wildlife Wonders school-wide presentation.

The school won in the elementary division, with 622 students K-5 recycling 76,640 pounds of materials that would have otherwise been landfilled. These students recycled 123.2 pounds per student to win the coveted prize.

This past school year, 26 schools, public and private, 18,479 students total, were awarded $4600 in prizes for voluntarily recycling 470,810 pounds, or 235.4 tons, in just one school year. Since the contest started in 2005, over 2.25 million pounds of mixed paper, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and cardboard boxes have been successfully recycled into new products. Winner of the Middle-High School Division was Cass Middle School, also the 2013 state champion of Georgia’s Recycle-Bowl competition.

Thanks to great partnerships with the school systems, local government, and industires such as Anheuser-Busch, the program is a huge success story for the entire community. This year’s contest will kick off when school begins in August.

The photo shows the student council of Euharlee Elementary, leaders in their school’s recycling efforts, collecting recycling from each classroom and around the school weekly. Wildlife Wonders staff join with the students to hold an anaconda from South America. Students learn about how their recycling efforts help to preserve wildlife habitats, such as trees.

Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful, Athens, AL

Recycling PET is an important part of our recycling initiative, especially since we have Custom Polymers PET right here in Athens, Alabama! Custom Polymers PET is the 4th largest plastic recycling company in North America and creates pellets from recycled bottles and containers that are used by manufacturers to make new products.

Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful works hard to bring recycling education to our 22 city, county, and private schools. We also provide the necessary support to encourage staff and students to act on what they learn.

To encourage recycling within our schools, we provide schools with free recycling service. Rolling carts and classroom recycling bins are provided to each school. As incentive, each month we present the city and county school recycling the most pounds per student with the Top Dog Award, which is a travelling stuffed bull dog. It is amazing how hard the schools fight for that award! We also host a PET Recycling Contest, which is sponsored by Custom Polymers PET. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three schools that recycle the most PET per student at the end of the school year.

KALB’s efforts in our schools was also supported by a very generous business owner who distributed coupons for a free ice cream cone and a slice of pizza to every student attending schools that met their recycling goals for the year. The students were thrilled!

KALB reinforces these contests and incentives with presentations and programs in classroom or assembly settings.

Recycling in our community is strongly supported by our city and county leaders and city and county school superintendents. KALB continues to be proactive in the schools because we know what becomes a habit at school very often filters through to the home setting.

Our recycling center also works closely with city and county governments in our efforts to provide community recycling centers strategically placed throughout the area. We also provide free recycling services to area businesses.

Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful is very proud of the impact we make in many areas of our community, but particularly recycling. We are grateful to our community leaders who recognize and support our efforts.

Keep Akron Beautiful, Akron OH

Historic Wash House & Mansion Repainted

Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) and the Summit County Historical Society teamed with employee volunteers from FirstEnergy Corp. on Friday June 20, 2014 to paint the historic Wash House at the Perkins Mansion. Over 60 volunteers came out to not only repaint the 119 year-old wash house but also paint the gazebo and the interior of the 177 year-old Perkins Mansion located on 550 Copley Road in Akron Ohio.

The Perkins Mansion was built in 1837 by Colonel Simon Perkins, who was the son of General Simon Perkin – founder of the city of Akron. The house was sold to Summit County Historical Society in 1945 in which the mansion now serves as a historical house museum whose objects and rooms not only bring to life the Perkins family’s lifestyles over three generations, but interpret the history of Akron and Summit County from Akron’s founding to the turn of the century.

The project was part of United Way Day of Action Friday and made possible by the National Painting Week Ohio Grant that Keep Akron Beautiful and the historical society received from Keep Ohio Beautiful. The grant enabled volunteers to renew a community structure, acquire 40 gallons of exterior paint, paint supplies, and free advice from Sherman Williams employees.

Four groups in Ohio received painting grants, which only two of those groups will receive another $500 gift card from demonstrating best visual impact and revitalization story. Both KAB and the Summit County Historical Society officials took before and after photos in hope that they are one of the groups to receive the gift card. Jacqui Flaherty, Keep Akron Beautiful Program Manager said “We have a lot of painting to be done.”

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, Philadelphia, PA

What a difference just a few hours and some amazing volunteers can make.

This past Saturday, Keep America Beautiful and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, along with the City of Philadelphia, were proud to team up with Dow Chemical’s Propel to Excel training and talent development program to transform the Lonnie Young Recreation Center in the Germantown neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia. In three short hours, 200 top Dow engineers helped revitalize a community hub that serves hundreds of Philadelphia’s children and families each year. Dow volunteers refreshed the outdoor fencing running the perimeter of Lonnie Young, painted multiple rooms throughout the Center, refurbished outdoor benches, planted new flower beds, and built additional shelving for the Center’s auditorium. Much of the paint used on Saturday was donated by Dow through the Community Paint Donation Program, another partnership with Keep America Beautiful.

Keep America Beautiful and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful work every day to create and sustain vibrant communities, and this past Saturday’s success is a perfect example of how we could not fulfill that mission without the commitment to good citizenship of partners like Dow. We encourage you to find out more about Dow’s Corporate Citizenship work (, and to visit Keep Philadelphia Beautiful ( online to see how you get involved in helping to keep your community beautiful. We also hope you will take a moment to look through our pictures from Saturday’s big event (, to see the impact we made.

Bud Light “Do Good. Have Fun.” – Juno Beach, Fla.

Keep America Beautiful partnered with Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) in Juno Beach, Fla. as part of Bud Light’s #DoGoodHaveFun campaign. Volunteers teamed up with LMC staff to beautify Juno Beach Pier by staining the pier deck, rails and benches.

Since 2011, LMC has removed more than 7,000 pounds of debris from beneath the Juno Beach Pier and surrounding beaches. The center has also recently installed eight brand new recycling bins at the pier to reduce marine debris. In order to enhance the appearance of the pier and keep America beautiful, LMC will continue to host multiple volunteer events, such as the “Do Good. Have Fun.” series throughout summer

Keep Guntersville Beautiful, AL

Keep Guntersville Beautiful partnered with the Mountain Valley Arts Council to host a photography exhibit called “Guntersville EXPOSED: Images of Our Dirty Little Secret”. The exhibit featured images made by local professional and amateur photographers and public officials. It showcased both the community’s scenic wonders contrasted with unsightly pictures documenting the harmful impact of litter. The exhibit had 350 in-person guests and almost 800 visitors to the on-line gallery. It was so well-received that our local schools adopted the exhibit as a virtual field trip for E-learning Day. This exhibit is credited with significantly raising public awareness about litter and bringing out record of numbers of volunteers for our Great American Cleanup and beautification events.

Keep Morehouse Beautiful – Bastrop, LA

Keep Morehouse Beautiful partnered with the LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, Volunteers of America, Keep Louisiana Beautiful, and the Office of the Louisiana’s Lt. Governor to host “Leaders Against Litter” at a former International Paper water reservoir that is now owned by the LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries. The statewide event brought community leaders together to pick up litter and sign a pledge to support a litterfree Louisiana. The event created public awareness among leaders for the environmental issues that cost Louisiana citizens millions of dollars.

Keep Pike County Beautiful-McComb, Miss.

Keep Pike County Beautiful celebrates 8 successful months of recycling with over 52 tons of recycled goods thanks to the $10,000 Think Green Waste Management Grant & Support from the City of McComb and the Pike County Supervisors. It’s been great to see our community emerge from a failed program over 20 years ago to Success Success Success! We had a regular daily flow at our Single Stream Compactor. Any given day, there would be a line of cars of residents waiting to bring their recycled goods. The enthusiasm remained high from the beginning of fall 2013.

In partnership with the City of McComb and our other municipalities, the Pike County Board of Supervisors worked together and established a single-stream recycling program. This was accomplished by providing a roll-off dumpster at a central collection site and offering all businesses/residents the opportunity to recycle common trash fillers 24/7. The grant created the county’s only recycling site for standard recycling, in hopes of reducing solid waste collection by 8 tons per month initially, and 12 tons per month by the end of the six-month trial period. The grant paid for signage, a security camera, advertising, educational materials, and recycling collection costs.

This program has truly been supported by all of our municipalities including McComb, Summit, Magnolia and Summit throughout the entire pilot program. At any given time, there was a line of cars waiting at our fire station to drop of their materials to be recycled Firemen worked together to compact the items placed into it up to 4-6 times daily. We worked in partnership with our local Walmart who recycled the plastic bags we used to transport the recycled materials.

In addition to the $10,000 for the Think Green grant, we had additional financial support from the City of McComb and the Pike County Board of Supervisors to ensure this pilot program was a true success.

As of July 1, 2014, this program is ongoing. Our affiliate and the City of McComb was recently awarded a grant from the MS DEQ to continue and grow our efforts throughout the rest of the county with a goal of going curbside. There are now dumpsters at central locations in each of our other towns, and so far, community support for the program continues to grow.

Thank you, Keep America Beautiful, for your support of the program and for arranging a partnership with a company like Waste Management. We hope to have an even bigger story this time next year when we hope to go curbside.