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.

Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership, Fayetteville, AR

The Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership hosted its 2014 Lake Fayetteville Spring Cleanup on May 10, in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup.

Seventy-five volunteers gathered to help remove approximately 1,200 pounds of litter from in and around Lake Fayetteville! They were able to recycle 150 pounds of recyclables (plastics and aluminum), as well as three tires! Thanks to the Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership for their dedication to keeping Lake Fayetteville beautiful!

Electronic-Waste Recycling in Van Buren, Ark.

Keep Van Buren Beautiful hosted an Electronic-Waste Recycling Event in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup on April 19. The Van Buren High School football team was a tremendous help at the event–unloading 30,000 pounds of e-waste to be recycled! Way to go, KVBB!

Keep Dodge City Beautiful, Dodge City, Kansas

For many years, our recycling program has provided a recycle box trailer to two smaller communities in our county. Due to the popularity of the recycling program and the demand by those residents for recycling opportunities daily, this year the cities purchased trailers so that they can recycle on a daily basis. Our program still serves as the processing facility for their items. This has been a very successful partnership.

Keep Westmoreland County Beautiful

Keep Westmoreland County Beautiful received a $10,000 WM Think Green Grant to implement a multifamily dwelling (apartment) recycling program for up to 500 apartment units. Three apartment complexes were chosen to test the pilot program. Educational material on single stream recycling (2 complexes), and a municipal recycling program (1 complex) were developed unique to each facility; apartment-sized recycling totes were purchased for each unit and hand-delivered to each resident. Waste Management assisted with selection of the appropriate collection method and schedule for each facility. After some initial skepticism, residents seem to have really taken to the recycling program and are anxious to see it continue. Apartment managers seem pleasantly surprised by the reaction and participation of their residents.

Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful

At the recent Athens Beautification Day, partners of Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful unveiled a new community cleanup trailer for use in 13 counties in Southeast Ohio.

“Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful partners are very excited to have the cargo trailer available now to assist us in cleaning up illegal dump sites and carrying out our beautification projects. Volunteers will now have all the necessary safety equipment and tools to help make a difference in their community,” said Gary Chancey, Team Leader for Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful.

The trailer was purchased by Rural Action with funding from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Litter Collection & Prevention Grant. The City of Athens, Wayne National Forest, and The Athens City-County Health Department have been key players in visioning, designing, and preparing the trailer for use.

The trailer includes equipment necessary for litter and dump site cleanups as well as beautification, including shovels, rakes, gloves, safety signs and vests, leaf blowers, bags, and trash and recycling containers. The City of Athens provided special funds to include graffiti removal equipment inside the new trailer.

Soon, partners of the Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful Affiliate will be allowed to loan the trailer to host cleanups in their communities. Keep Southeast Ohio Beautiful is a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful that serves at 13 county region and is managed by Wayne National Forest. Counties include Scioto, Lawrence, Jackson, Gallia, Meigs, Vinton, Hocking, Athens, Perry, Morgan, Washington, Monroe and Noble.

“The trailer is perfect for communities that want to plan a beautification day that engages lots of volunteers,” said Rural Action Zero Waste Administrator Erin Sykes.

If you want to learn more about how your community can use the trailer for cleanup and beautification projects, visit www.ruralaction.org/zerowaste.

Keep Little Rock Beautiful – Little Rock, AR

Keep Little Rock Beautiful joined forces with Audubon Arkansas and concerned citizens to help form the organization, “Friends of Fourche Creek.”

Gaining support from local sponsors, such as Starbucks and Waste Management, the partnering organizations were able to remove a significant amount of litter (3,000 pounds) and also recycle a significant amount of recyclables that were littered (an additional 3,000 pounds). Special thanks to everyone who volunteered to help keep Fourche Creek beautiful!