Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful, Colorado Springs, CO

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.

KEEP MOORE COUNTY BEAUTIFUL, CARTHAGE, NC

Thanks to all our Big Sweep volunteers. Scott Dunlap got up and picked up trash at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, October 11th, for our second Big Sweep Event in Robbins, Bear Creek. We wondered why there wasn’t as much trash as usual. Thanks, Bob Coates and Fred Shuker, Board Members from Keep Moore County Beautiful. Besides Scott we had William, Lynne, and River McDuffie, Mark Garner, Cynthia Reeves, and Dave and Lisa Hobbs, all from Foothills Outdoors. We picked up 20 bags of trash, one mattress, air conditioner casing, and 3 tires. Our three main canoe and kayak access points (Spies rd. 705 bridge, and Reynolds Mill bridge) were the focus of this years clean up. The water was too low to do much in the creek. River was able to get in her boat at Reynolds Mill, and removed a lot of trash from around the bridge. But we had a successful day Keeping Moore County Beautiful.

Keep Moore County Beautiful , Carthage, North Carolina

Keep Moore County Beautiful Executive Director, Chad C. Beane, and Assistant Karen S. Schreifels, once again participated in the North Carolina Big Sweep Waterway Cleanup for 2014. Keep Moore County Beautiful collaborated with the Aberdeen Parks & Recreation for the waterway cleanup event, Saturday, October 4th. The event was a success. The North Carolina Big Sweep is a one-day event to remove litter from our waterways. We had many volunteers to include, Bob Coates, board member, Jack Clelland, Parks Coordinator, Boys Scouts, Troop 88, and a student from Pinecrest High School. The volunteers collected a substantial amount of litter from a 2-mile stretch. We collected 20 pounds of recycle, 22 pounds of waste, 1 large drain pipe and two entangled wildlife, (1) goose, (1) duck. Keep Moore County Beautiful is very proud to participate in this program and very grateful for all the groups and volunteers that put forth a collaborative effort to continue to Keep Moore County Beautiful in North Carolina.

NC Marine Debris Symposium, Sneads Ferry, NC

Bronwen Evans, Keep America Beautiful’s director of litter programs, presented at the Second Annual NC Marine Debris Symposium in Sneads Ferry, N.C., last week.

Lisa Rider of Keep Onslow Beautiful and her team did an incredible job organizing the event which included marine debris issues, waste reduction, recycling, litter prevention, clean marinas, and green tourism. Evans’ Cigarette Litter Prevention Program session was very well-received and generated a lot of interest: how to keep cigarette butts off the beach is a hot topic!

Keep America Beautiful staff participated in a couple of cleanups at beautiful Topsail Beach (above), networked with a great group of people, and worked to make the whole event “zero waste.”

KAB of Anderson County SC

KAB of Anderson County (SC) is looking into a new outreach. There has been a noticeable increase in litter on the county’s horse riding trails. KAB will be encouraging riders to pick up litter on sections of riding trails. This effort will increase the perception that riders should “pack it out if you pack it in.”

Anderson County has the second highest number of horses in the state and is home to many recreational riders. Anderson County horse trails are a beautiful and relaxing part of our area and should be appreciated as the treasure they are! Two riders, Will Smith and Ed Sheriff, discussed their concerns with KAB members and Solid Waste Dept department staff and were picking up litter at Fants Grove on Sept. 22.

Byrd’s Adventure Center, Mulberry River, Arkansas

Thousands of Arkansans have already volunteered to pick up litter along the state’s roadways and waterways during Keep Arkansas Beautiful’s “Great Arkansas Cleanup”. The annual Arkansas fall litter-pickup campaign, the Great Arkansas Cleanup, runs from Sept. 6 through Oct. 31 this year.

Byrd’s Adventure Center, near Cass, hosted their own cleanup event, on Saturday, September 13. Keep Arkansas Beautiful was key in helping organize and publicize the effort, as well as furnishing volunteers with cleanup materials and supplies, such as trash bags, gloves, and safety vests. Organizers felt the need for a fall river cleanup that would complement the Great American Cleanup spring river cleanup organized by Brad Wimberly of Turner Bend.

Event organizers, Courtney King of Byrd’s Adventure Center, Jeff Stepp, of Clarksville Recycling and Sustainability, and Jacob Gould, of GreenSource Recycling noted that nearly 100 volunteers registered to pick up trash along the Mulberry River banks and local highways. Volunteers drove from as far as Russellville and Fayetteville to take part in this year’s cleanup. Group involvement was key to the success of this year’s event, especially with the help of The University of the Ozarks, Cass Job Corps, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, U.S. Forest Service, Mulberry River Society, and Arkansas Stream Team. A very special thank you to the event host, Pamela Byrd Boulden owner of Byrd’s Adventure Center, for her continuous efforts to protect and preserve the Mulberry River Valley.

Volunteers were not only rewarded with the satisfaction of preserving our natural landscape, but were also rewarded for their efforts with a cookout, live music and door prizes. The food and beverages were all donated from local businesses and restaurants: Steve Outlaw, Ozark IGA, Belle Point Beverages, GreenSource, Ozark Natural Foods, Ozark Natural Breads,Pickle Haus, Hellious Hummus, Jammin Java, Sysco Foods, and Byrd’s Mulberry Riverfront Restaurant. The band Arkansauce from Fayetteville donated their time and talents to entertain the volunteers with their unique style and stringed instruments. Everyone left with a prize for participating, toys for the kids, river gear, and even a kayak was given away as the grand prize!

Event organizers and Byrd’s looks forward to many more fall cleanup events in the years to come. For information on how to find cleanups in your area, visit the Keep Arkansas Beautiful website.

Trash Statistics:
Total= 1,300lbs
Landfill garbage= 500lbs
Plastics= 250lbs
Aluminum= 350lbs
Tires= 8
Total Miles Cleaned= over 25 miles (Caltapa-Turners Bend)

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: http://keeparkansasbeautiful.com/get-involved/great_arkansas_cleanup/

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.