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 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!
Keep Phoenix Beautiful hosted their annual Corporate Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 28! Seven corporate volunteer groups completed volunteer projects all across Phoenix, Arizona. Groups included Henkel, Arizona Public Service, Salt River Project, Coca-Cola, University of Phoenix, CSL Plasma, and Crown Castle. Project sites were comprised of various city parks and nonprofits. Volunteers planted, cleaned up community gardens, painted, created gardens, clean up water ways, and picked up litter.
Corporate Volunteer groups are competing for bragging rights and to have the Corporate Challenge Traveling Trophy for the next year! The winner will be announced March 12 at the annual Keep Phoenix Beautiful Awards Reception!
This past Saturday, when it was just a smidge under 42 degrees and the James River was running a cool crisp 37.8, around 400 people showed up to Give 60 and help KVB do a cleanup. The northern bank of the James around Tredegar Iron Works hadn’t looked this good in a long time. With so many volunteers showing up, KVB split off almost 75 brothers from the University of Richmond’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon to head over to Pony Pasture for an auxiliary cleanup. These young men collected 10 pretty decent-sized bags of recyclables and 10 decent-sized bags of trash.
After the Cleanup, 150 hearty and crazy souls stripped down to Speedos, vintage suits, and costumes to wade through chest-deep water, give a shout-out to Richmond Fire & Rescue, and scramble back across and up the shore. Big hugs to the guys and gals at RF&R for being there with their boats. They didn’t save any lives, but they were lifesavers. Our James River Jumpers then shivered over to the heated tent where they enjoyed delicious BBQ and dumplings from Lunch/Supper skipper Rick Lyons.
There were a few take-aways from the Shiver in the River. First is that our job (and by that we mean all of us) is never done. Pony Pasture is one of the most popular spots along the James in Richmond, and it was obviously in need of care. Same goes for the areas around Tredegar. Second is that we need to do a better job of spreading our message. One of our main goals with the Shiver was to raise funds to do that. And we still need your help. As a nonprofit, we only exist because of your donations of time and money. Lastly, we realized that acting crazy to help keep Virginia beautiful can be a blast. We didn’t expect as many people to show up as did, and really appreciate that. So, our Second Annual Shiver in the River is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. Just saying.
If you’d like to be a part of planning this wacky thing next year, head over to our Make a Difference page, click “Education/Other,” and tell us you want to be a part of the Shiver crew.
Those of you who played with us this year – You Rock.
The Lakeview Community Civic Organization (LCCO) coordinated its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Neighborhood Cleanup. Keep Guntersville Beautiful assisted in this worthy endeavor by providing gloves, safety vests, bags, litter picker sticks and calling for volunteers. Volunteers assembled at Williamson-Harris Park for a breakfast provided by the LCCO. Afterwards, teams spent three hours picking up trash and collecting recyclables throughout the Lakeview neighborhood. The Guntersville Police Department, the LCCO and their partners in the Building Bridges Task Force will receive a Distinguished Service Citation for Community Improvement Litter Prevention & Revitalization for such service projects at the KAB National Conference Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C. on January 27, 2015.
On December 18, 2014 seven Keep Moore County Beautiful (KMCB) board members and friends conducted a roadside cleanup of Highway 15-501, Carthage, North Carolina. KMCB participates in the Adopt-A-Highway program and is responsible for both sides of 15-501 for the one mile section of roadway between Morganton Road and the entrance to Fairwoods on 7.
The volunteers all watched a safety video provided by the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) prior to the event. Safety vests, trash bags and “grabbers” were provided by the KMCB administration.
Bob Coates, a KMCB board member said “It was a great event and very satisfying to have so many of our members pitch in and help get this well traveled section of road looking good again.”
14 bags of trash were collected and taken to the landfill and a report submitted to NCDOT. Cigarette butts and lottery tickets were the most prevalent form of litter encountered. Organizations who adopt a section of highway commit to doing cleanups a minimum of four times a year. KMCB will be doing this section of road again in late March 2015.
Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful partnered with El Paso County and the Fountain Creek Watershed District to clean up Fountain Creek, with funding from the Lowe’s / Keep America Beautiful Community Beautification grant. The stats are in and watershed-wide over 600 participants collected nearly 7 tons of trash and debris from the Fountain Creek Watershed. Community volunteers and Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful staff and volunteers (shown in the photo) worked at the Creek Week final event to beautify El Paso County’s Fountain Creek Regional Park.
Konrad Schlarbaum, Sustainability Coordinator at Pikes Peak Community College said “It is really encouraging to work alongside other community members who were voicing their concerns over how much litter they saw in the Cottonwood Meadows area. I took every opportunity to educate them on the importance of what they were doing there and what they can do back home. My hope is that they, in turn, educate their families and other community members.” We sincerely thank Lowe’s and Keep America Beautiful for supporting this successful beautification project.