The community of Stockwell and surrounding communities love our Bulky Trash and Tire collection. Local farmers are able to dispose of Tractor and Semi tires for a nominal fee. This helps reduce the amount of tires “laying around or local farms.” Leifler Tire company recycles 80-90% of the tires using them for cow bedding, highway barrels and playground mulch.
The Summerville Saltwater Anglers hosted their March River Cleanup of the Ashley River with Keep Dorchester County Beautiful as a partner this year. Saturday March 21 Keep Dorchester County Beautiful brought GLAD Bags, gloves and other materials to help with the Cleanup on the Ashley River. The GLAD bags were not only filled to the max, but were strong enough to take sharp objects that were put into them, and the bags didn’t leak out into the boats!
Summerville Saltwater Anglers had 18 boats, 4 kayaks and several Canoes and 45 Volunteers and with Keep Dorchester County Beautiful help brought in over 139 GLAD Bags of trash , metal objects, wood beams, car seats, lawn chairs, table and bricks which weight out to be 3.20 tons.
GLAD thanks you so much for the wonderfully strong bags!!!!!
Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful (KADB) partnered with the art departments of Darton State College and Albany State University to paint a garden scene mural at the Adult Day Care Center of AARC. In December , KADB’s @Lowe’s Community Improvement Grant allowed KADB to install ceiling fans, pavers, flower beds and three raised garden boxes at AARC. The art students were elated to see the smiles on the AARC clients faces as they viewed the mural.
Keep Stockwell Beautiful volunteers are thankful for Lowe’s and Niagara’s water donation at their Annual Bulky Trash/Tire/EWASTE collection weekend. Over 344 tires , two box trucks of electronics and five roll-offs were collected … not bad for a town of 400!
The 5th Annual York County Green Business Conference was a success with 20 exhibitors, expert panels and roundtable discussions. Topics included energy saving options for business and industry; solar legislation; waste reduction/recycling; storm water, employee participation and state of the state.
To emphasize the importance of recycling with no curbside in the entire county or any city, KRB decided to stress the importance with a Big Belly Solar Recycling Compactor. The graphics used on the compactor are eye-catching and sends a message to the thousands of visitors that frequent the park monthly. KRB hopes to receive future funding from sponsors and partners to replicate the project in other areas of the county.
Thanks Waste Management and KAB for your assistance in promoting and supporting our recycling efforts!
Keep The Rez Beautiful volunteers braved several cold days in December putting the finishing touches on a new Pollinator/Sensory Garden, a welcomed addition to the newly established Turtle Point Nature Area. Thanks to Lowe’s and KAB, the new addition will benefit pollinators that are needed to increase fruit and vegetable production. Native plants including Butterfly Milkweed, Great Coneflowers and other native plants including fruit and nut trees will serve as food for the Monarch Butterfly, which is in decline nationally, as well as other wildlife in the area.
The Reservoir serves as a flyway for many birds and insects. This addition will provide a resting place and food for the travelers. The sensory aspect of the garden is designed to stimulate the senses with the courtesy of plants that engage one’s senses of sight, smell, touch, taste and sound. Blueberry bushes and Willow trees are just one example. Native Americans used the bark of willow trees to produce a type of aspirin.
Located on Pelahatchie Bay on the 33,000-acre Ross Barnett Reservoir, the five-acre grassed nature area was created from spoil dredged from the Reservoir caused from urban sprawl. A new walking trail and a kayak launch is creating new friends for KRB. People visiting the area are excited about the new garden area and a walking trail that provides a view of the Reservoir. Many are wanting to know how they can help! Build it and they will come. There are many KRB surprises on the way for this nature area located in a blighted area between two 50-year-old subdivisions.
On March 21, 2015, Keep Charleston Beautiful will host its first professional development workshop for local middle school teachers. The workshop will focus on the importance of proper waste management, stormwater runoff and marine debris. Marine Debris, which is any man-made debris or trash which enters the marine environment, is a growing problem that can easily be seen here in the Lowcountry. At the 2013 Beach Sweep/River Sweep, a one-day statewide cleanup event, 4.7 tons of litter was collected from Charleston area beaches and rivers.
In order to improve education, increase public awareness, and foster community involvement, this free one-day workshop will explore the sources and impacts of marine debris and, most importantly, constructive actions which can be taken to help create a cleaner, more beautiful Charleston. Designed by KCB’s education intern and College of Charleston Master of Environmental Studies Candidate Montana Jernigan, this workshop, entitled “Talking Trash: Marine Debris and the Environment,” will present hands-on and engaging activities while also meeting the needs of local teachers through alignment with state science standards.
For more information about this teacher workshop, click here.