Keep Akron Beautiful, Akron, OH

On Saturday Sept. 27, as 15,000 runners were running through the streets of Akron — and even more spectators were lining the streets watching — Keep Akron Beautiful was assisting the Akron Marathon with its recycling efforts!

Early in the morning, a crew of 15 made sure that the trash cans only had trash in them, and that the recycling bins were highly utilized. This group was sorting everything that people were throwing in the trash, pulling out water bottles, cans, and making sure the clothing was donated, not thrown away! Only 10 bags of trash were collected at the start line, and two large blue recycling totes were FULL of recyclables.

On the concourse and at the finish line of the race, our Green Team was collecting heat sheets and grocery bags, chip bags to be recycled, PowerBar wrappers to be recycled, bottles and cans, and banana peels to be composted.

The Akron Marathon, Keep Akron Beautiful and ReWorks rallied together to make recycling and composting a breeze for all runners involved in the festivities.

Thanks to a grant from Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation, this is the second year we were able to utilize the 25 recycling bins designed specifically for placement at the race. These bins were placed on the concourse of Canal Park on Sept. 27.

A special thanks goes out to the “Green Team,” who worked together to make sure the recyclables and trash were in their proper places. From the start line to the finish line and everywhere in between, the volunteers did an amazing job! Congratulations Akron (AND ALL RUNNERS!) on another successful Akron Marathon!

The results? Twenty-five full bags of heat sheets were taken to the Blankets to Boards program; 3.41 tons of recyclables; and 630 lbs of clothing were donated to the Salvation Army. We are still waiting on numbers for our composting. It was a very successful recycling day at the Akron Marathon. We are proud to work with such great partners to make this happen in Akron!

Detroit Public Schools Participate in Recycle-Bowl

This past fall, 42 schools in Detroit Public Schools participated in the national Recycle-Bowl Competition. Recycle-Bowl is a national competition put on by Keep America Beautiful that encourages schools to record the most recycling per person. Students had to collect recyclable materials and weigh them over the course of four weeks to try and see which school recycled more. While none of Detroit’s 42 participating schools didn’t win the national competition, they are winners to our city!

Green Living Science and the DPS Go Green Challenge, with the help of AmeriCorps Green School Coordinators, worked together to make sure the Recycle-Bowl challenge was a success and are excited to announce the top participants. These include first-place winner Emerson Elementary-Middle School, recycling 8.26 lbs/person; second place, Roberto Clemente Academy, recycling 4.87 lbs/person; and our third-place winner, Carstens Academy, recycling 4.80 lbs/person. These schools recycled a total of 13,494 pounds combined over four weeks. Overall, DPS recycled 37,791 pounds over the four-week competition!

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Keep Blount Beautiful, Maryville, TN

Keep Blount Beautiful (KBB) is proud to announce the 3rd annual Recycled Elegance Trash Fashion Show. The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at the Palace Theater in downtown Maryville. This is a one of a kind event in East Tennessee!

KBB is currently accepting fashion show applicants. The entry fee is $50 and the deadline is Oct. 11, 2014. Applicants may seek sponsors or work in teams if preferred. The Best in Show prize is $500; the second-place winner receives $100; and $50 is the third place award. Honorable Mention will be awarded to the designer or team of designers as chosen by a vote of audience favorite through “voting with bucks.” The outfit with the most bucks wins a KBB framed artwork. There will also be a special prize this year to recognize K-12 students.

Recycled Elegance Trash Fashion Show’s mission is to engage the community to create fashion out of trash to entertain, educate and inspire others to rethink, reuse and recycle. The show seeks to present our society’s trash in the form of a fashion show, and through this artful expression, we hope to change the way our community sees the world of trash and waste. Material used in the construction of garments must be post-consumer, post-industrial, or post-agricultural waste. Trash destined for the landfill or recyclable items.

Designers may use materials for construction such as glue, tape, dyes, marker, staples, thread, zippers, elastic, wire, Velcro boning, buckram, grommets, laces, starch, paint, etc. Recycled content fabric may only be used as a lining that doesn’t show. The percentage of new material should not exceed 10% of total garment weight. Underwear that does not show is acceptable under the garment. Shoes and accessories are acceptable; however shoes and accessories made from trash materials are preferred.

Each garment should have a title, byline, and a short description about the design that makes a statement. Social commentary, source of inspiration, and use of humor can be helpful in the telling of your story. Please include a mention of the trash materials used. This is a great way to promote the sponsor or business/organization presenting the garment.

For guidelines, entry form and waiver visit the Keep Blount Beautiful website or call 865-681-4809.

Keep Blount Beautiful is an award winning 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization located in the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Its mission is to improve our community by encouraging litter prevention, waste reduction, and beautification.

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful, Covington, GA

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) works with the Newton County Landfill staff and many volunteers to educate our community about recycling. Newton County, GA has 11 Neighborhood Recycling Centers strategically located for residents’ convenience. At these Centers, residents can dispose of their trash at no charge and can also recycle glass, aluminum cans, plastic, steel or tin cans, newspapers, corrugated cardboard, “other” paper products–paperboard, magazines, junk mail, etc., used motor oil and filters, yard waste, scrap metals and appliances, and tires.

On the first Saturday of each month, residents can take electronics, paints and pesticides, and used cooking oil to the Newton County Landfill to be recycled. During Saturday collections, they can also take clothes and bicycles, which are donated to the Salvation Army. One educational program that KCNB offers is a puppet show, performed in local public elementary schools.

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 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.

Keep Walton Beautiful – Monroe, Georgia

KWB sponsors a secure document destruction event annually. In May of 2014, 125 citizens participated, shredding over 7,000 pounds of unwanted documents. It is held in the Carmichael Drug parking lot on Highway 1378 from 10:00 am through12:00 pm, and is a very popular event with our citizens. This year, we combined the event with a shoe recycling swap for free shredding. Advertising was done with a variety of media, and citiizens reported great appreciation for the event.