Affiliates Join Together to Keep Arkansas River Beautiful

Keep America Beautiful affiliates in Arkansas and Oklahoma recently joined together to help keep the Arkansas River beautiful. Together they helped remove over 4 tons of litter from in and around the Arkansas River.

On September 6, Keep Arkansas Beautiful kicked off their annual fall Great Arkansas Cleanup with the third annual Great Arkansas River Cleanup. Eight Arkansas communities, including five local Keep America Beautiful affiliates (Keep Little Rock Beautiful, Keep North Little Rock Beautiful, Keep Ozark Beautiful, Pine Bluff/Jefferson Co. Clean & Beautiful, and Keep Van Buren Beautiful) joined together for one large day of action to help reduce litter in and around the Arkansas River. Keep Oklahoma Beautiful also joined their efforts this year by organizing four cleanup events in Oklahoma communities along the Arkansas River.

Final results are still being compiled, but preliminary results show:
Almost 250 volunteers served more than 750 hours to help keep the Arkansas River beautiful.
Produced a value of at least $16,000.
More than 4 tons of litter removed (more than 8,816 pounds removed—including 374 bags of trash, 38 tires, 2 refrigerators, and 1 toilet!)

The 2015 Great Arkansas Cleanup is scheduled for September 12, 2015. Keep Arkansas Beautiful hopes to recruit affiliates or communities in Colorado and Kansas for next year’s efforts, as well as increasing the number of cleanup events in Arkansas and Oklahoma!

For more information about the Great Arkansas Cleanup, please visit Keep Arkansas Beautiful’s website here:

KAB of Anderson County (SC)

Many people in Anderson County are concerned about the amount of litter on our roads and parks. The Anderson Co. Solid Waste Dept. and Keep America Beautiful of Anderson County are partnering to help improve the litter levels. Adopt-a-Spot is a program which allows citizens to “adopt” a stretch of county roadway and promise to pick up litter on that section a minimum of four times a year. The Solid Waste Dept. will provide safety vests, gloves, pick up sticks, and trash bags as well as provide guidance and training. On Sept. 4, 2014, citizens in Williamston were taking part in a clean-up effort at the Spring Water Park during the Farmers Market opening. Jeffrey Knight of Pelzer, Jean Taylor of Williamston, her grandson Todd Taylor and her sister Joan Black of Williamston took time to pick up litter around the park. A county-wide litter eradication event is planned for October 18, and is called “The Great Anderson County Clean-Up.”

Photo Left to right: Jeffrey Knight of Pelzer, Joan Black of Williamston, Jean Taylor of Williamston, and Todd Taylor, student at Palmetto High School collecting litter in Williamston’s Springwater Park on Sept 4, 2015.

Keep Genesee County Beautiful, Flint, MI

Keep Genesee County Beautiful’s volunteer activity is attracting even more volunteers. Each day as they continue their painting and improvements in Sarginson Park, the Adopt a Park sponsors from West Flint Community Watch are being approached by neighborhood residents who want to join in and help complete the process.

Mary Severn, who co-chairs the Sarginson Park adoption team, was approached today while buying coffee and donuts for the hard-working volunteers in the park. A gentleman in line behind her asked a few questions and decided he wanted to volunteer as well. Whenever there are even two or three people interested in heading over to do some painting, Mary is willing to get them started with supplies and little direction. Scraping and painting begin at Delaware and Longway parks on September 13-14. Here’s to the volunteer spirit!

Keep Genesee County Beautiful, Michigan

Thanks to our KAB/Lowe’s Community Improvement Grant Keep Genesee County Beautiful continues to work with volunteers in its Adopt a Park program to prep and paint aged playground equipment, pavilions and benches. The local Lowe’s team came out again Saturday for a second Prep and Painting Training session at Mott Park. Tracy from Lowe’s Flint Township store displays the paint color palette being used while discussing how to prepare metal for effective paint coverage.

Fifteen volunteers were present for the training and then continued to work tirelessly on scraping and painting the entire playground area. The next step will be to measure, cut, drill and install new wood for benches and picnic tables with more help from the Lowe’s team.

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

On Thursday, July 31, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful teamed up with 140 volunteers from POSSIBLE to “Shock the Block” in West End. The block? Bank Street, from Baymiller to Freeman Avenue. Volunteers tackled a number of projects that made the street go from dingy and dirty to colorful and clean.

One group of volunteers concentrated their efforts on Dyer Park, taking on a handful of different projects including edging and mulching around trees and picnic areas, painting the picnic tables, picking up litter, painting the large retaining wall under the splash park, and painting a mural.

Another group painted the barricades of a vacant storefront and a vacant school known as the Bloom School on Bank Street. Volunteers painted the barricades to look like windows and doors. Keep Cincinnati Beautiful will finish painting the Bloom School in the coming weeks.

A smaller group pulled weeds that were three-feet high from tree wells along Bank Street and mulched them afterwards. Ten more volunteers cleaned up an overgrown and littered alley.

These projects were organized to make this part of West End cleaner and safer. Studies show that when areas are clean and beautiful, there is less litter and crime.

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful would like to thank POSSIBLE, who sponsored the event and spent three hours working in the neighborhood. Special thanks also to The Cincinnati Recreation Commission, who provided mulch and painting supplies for Dyer Park, and to the City’s Department of Public Services, who not only primed the retaining wall, but also collected all of the trash and yard waste after the event.

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Keep Houston Beautiful, Houston, Texas

During the Great American Cleanup, Keep Houston Beautiful teamed up with the Houston Housing Authority and more than 200 youths from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to replenish the Historic Oaks of Allen Parkway Village. The youths planted more than 140 native trees, generously donated by the Apache Foundation, throughout the property. Thank you to our community partners, the Apache Foundation and the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company who each contributed generous in-kind donations of materials. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Hobbs State Park, Arkansas

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe declared July 2014 as “Lakes Appreciation Month” in Arkansas. To help celebrate, Hobbs State Park teamed up with the Beaver Watershed Alliance to host a cleanup of Beaver Lake. Seventy-five volunteers worked together to help remove approximately 2,000 pounds of litter from in and around Beaver Lake. They were able to recycle about 20 pounds of waste, as well as 25 tires. In total, they cleaned about 25 miles of waterways, shorelines, roadways, and trails, as well as 12 acres around the Arkansas State Park.

Keep Collier Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup – Naples, FL

Earlier this spring, the Great American Cleanup was conducted in Collier County with this video reflecting the work done at several sites, starting with Wiggins State Park. Ranger Donna Young organized and helped the volunteers. The Collier County Master Gardeners participated at the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club. And LWT pitched in at the Naples Pier. The last site featured on the video is Lowdermilk Park. Thanks to all of the volunteers.

This video shows how three Troops 243 ,255 and 469 worked with Keep Collier Beautiful to clean three different beaches. Starting with Naples Pier, Vanderbilt Beach and Wiggins State Park everyone did their part and made a major contribution for the Collier County “Bay Days.” Thanks to all the sponsors who provided water, gloves and trash bags to make the cleanup a success.

Keep Collier Beautiful joined with the Collier County Code Enforcement at the Golden Gate Green Canal. This team was led by Robert Capizzi, Jeff Wright and Kaydee Tuff. Another Collier County Code Enforcement Group led by Jeff Letourneau addressed work done at Naples Manor. Look at their results in this video. Thanks to Collier County Code Enforcement.

Fourteen members of the Naples Cruise Club volunteered to beautify Key Island by cutting up and removing an old wood sign up. When they were done, they loaded the refuse on a boat and headed to LMI to help clean up a supply shed and tool shed, load up one of the old generators, and distribute loads of garbage among the other boats that participated in the event. This video shows the great work done by the Naples Cruise Club.