Delta County Colorado Residents Keep Recycling Program Up and Running

Three years ago, the North Fork Recycling Center in Delta County, Colorado started out as just a test. Residents had to prove that recycling was a priority in order to keep the recycling center running, and with the volume of recycling continuing to grow and more than doubling in 2013, it is clear they have passed with flying colors.

According to Rachel Leonard, Manager of Double J Disposal that services the recycling center, “We were collecting recycling … every other week in early 2013, and now they fill up and need to be emptied at least once every week to prevent overflow.” In fact, last year, Delta County residents recycled a total of 307 tons of recyclables at the North Fork Recycling Center.

But recycling wasn’t the only way residents of Delta County showed their support for the program. Around one hundred of them, from school children to business owners, made sure their voice was heard by writing to the County Commission about the success of the program in honor America Recycles Day 2013.

“By Keeping recycling local, we’re supporting local companies and keeping jobs in the County.” wrote Nathan Sponseller, President of the Hotchkiss Chamber of Commerce “While Recycling options in Delta County are limited, they are headed in the right direction due, in large part, to the hard work of concerned citizens.”

Businesses and schools are also helping to make recycling the norm. As of April, four schools in Delta County and two libraries have launched curbside recycling pickup programs, and two prominent businesses in the region recently expanded their recycling programs.

Joanna Calabrese, member of a local recycling committee, notes that the success has been due to the entire community’s effort “Over the past year countless residents and businesses have called about joining our Volunteer Recycling Committee…Recycling is already a strong value in Western Colorado.”

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful had a great day this past Saturday at 7th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup!

We partnered with the Eagles Youth Partnership, The Dow Chemical Company, and our friends at Keep America Beautiful to paint, remove graffiti, and clean up five vacant lots around Gideon School in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood. (Check out pictures:!) Gideon took part in the Eagles Youth Partnership’s Playground Build Program ten years ago, and we were thrilled to be a part of keeping the playground clean and green.

Our many, many thanks to the Eagles Youth Partnership, Gideon School, Keep America Beautiful, and the Philadelphia Streets Department – and to Mayor Michael Nutter for starting his day with us!

We also want to extend our many, many thanks to Dow Chemical and McCormick Paints for their generous donation of 1000 gallons of paint to the Philly Spring Cleanup effort!

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful was so thrilled to be highlighted at this year’s press conference formally announcing the seventh annual Philly Spring Cleanup, a one day, City-wide cleanup spearheaded by Mayor Michael A. Nutter and the Philadelphia Streets Department. The press event took place at the West Philadelphia urban farm at the center of our community composting program, funded generously through Keep America Beautiful and Waste Management’s Think Green Grant program.

And if that wasn’t enough, Dow Chemical announced that they will again be donating 1,000 gallons of paint to this year’s Spring Cleanup effort!

Check out pictures from the press event here and here – and, as we say in Philly, Keep Up the Sweep Up!

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech won Keep America Beautiful’s 2014 RecycleMania “I Recycle” pledge drive! Virginia Tech’s sustainability team teamed up with various campus organizations to collect more than 500 pledges and will receive a recycled-content plastic park bench from Plastic Recyclers of Iowa falls!

How did they do it?

- Eleven interns tabled two days during prime-time lunch hours in the busiest dining hall
- Social media posts that were then shared by other campus organizations
- Sustainability team emailed a pledge invitation to staff “Green Represenative” staff list as well as faculty, staff, and student Enegery and Sustainability Committee, who in turn shared it with their own email lists

Go Hoakies!

Overall, more than 60 colleges participated in the RecycleMania pledge drive, resulting in over 3,000 pledges taken to recycle more during the three week pledge drive contest.

Below is a listing of the top 15 schools (including two ties!) that participated in the pledge drive.
Congrats to all!

Rank School Pledges
1 Virginia Tech
2 Wright State University
3 St. Bonaventure University
4 Weber State University
5 Wheelock College
6 SUNY at Brockport
7 Towson University
8 University of North Texas
9 St. Louis University
10 Chatham University and Elizabeth City State University
11 UC Riverside and Lewis and Clark Community College
12 Wesleyan College
13 Missouri State University

Thank you to all who participated!

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, Reno, NV

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) was a recipient of a 2013 Keep America Beautiful/Lowe’s Community Improvement Grant. KTMB, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, partnered with the Lowe’s Store (#3034) located in Sparks, Nev., to provide community improvement projects located in close proximity to the store involving Lowe’s associates working side-by-side with community volunteers. The project is comprised of two KTMB’s signature programs: Adopt-A-Spot and Adopt-A-Park.

KTMB’s Adopt-A-Spot program is a grassroots roadside litter abatement program is widely popular here in the Truckee Meadows. Through the Community Improvement Grant, the Lowe’s store in Sparks adopted a stretch of road along Sparks Boulevard, a major artery road which leads directly from the city’s residential areas into Legends Shopping Center where Lowe’s is located. The road is also one of the major arteries leading to the I-80 freeway entrance/exit. A sign was installed by the City of Sparks stating that the stretch of road has been adopted by Lowe’s. Lowe’s associates coordinated with KTMB for three cleanups, and KTMB provided all the cleanup supplies (rakes, trashbags, and gloves).

The Adopt-A-Park project with Lowe’s took place at the City of Sparks’ crown jewel, the Sparks Marina, which is located in close proximity to the Lowe’s store. The picturesque Sparks Marina accommodates swimming, boating, fishing, scuba diving and picnicking facilities, and breath-taking views of the nearby mountains. With a two-mile walking path, trees and sandy beaches surrounding a 77-acre lake, the Sparks Marina is a perfect setting for family fun; there were more than 350,000 visits last year alone. The Sparks Marina officially opened in 2000, and 13 years of use has taken its toll. The much-loved park has been in need of repairs as the City of Sparks has had to reduce its maintenance budget because of the economic recession. The Community Improvement Grant allowed for much-needed repairs, weed abatement and trash pick-up to occur at the Marina on KTMB’s Make a Difference Day on Saturday, Nov. 2. Tools were purchased from the Lowe’s store for the Sparks Parks and Recreation Department and for this project with grant funding. Fifty-five community and Lowe’s Heroes participated in cleanup and beautification efforts at Sparks Marina with 85 bags of Russian Thistle and other invasive weeds being collected and 10 bags of trash filled.

KTMB looks forward to an ongoing partnership with the Lowe’s store in Sparks. Thank you to Assistant Store Manager, David Berntzen, for your help and support. Thank you Lowe’s and Keep America Beautiful for this grant opportunity.

Keep Virginia Beautiful, Glen Allen, VA

Keep Virginia Beautiful’s “30 Grants in 30 Days” was a great success in 2013! Our nearly 3,000 volunteers worked tirelessly to make the 30 projects a great success, cleaning up 14,057 pounds of debris; planting 705 plants and 109 trees; and installing 25 gardens. Keep Virginia Beautiful would like to thank Lowe’s and Keep America Beautiful for their sponsorship of our “30 in 30″ program in 2013!

“Get Caught Recycling” with Mars, Incorporated Associates – Washington, D.C.

On Nov. 12, Keep America Beautiful conducted a “Get Caught Recycling” event on the National Mall and in downtown Washington, D.C., with 80 Mars, Incorporated Associate volunteers.

In celebration of America Recycles Day, volunteers from Canada, the UK, Spain, Sweden and Egypt braved the cold and “caught” people using the recycling bins placed on the National Mall and around the Downtown DC Business improvement District. Those “caught recycling,” including employees of the Captain Cookie food truck, were invited to take the “I Recycle” pledge.

FFA Members Create “Food for All” Garden – Louisville, KY

This past week, 63,000 FFA members and guests gathered in Louisville, Ky., for the 85th National FFA Convention.  Among the activities were National “Days of Service” projects, which included an FFA “Food for All” garden harvest celebration.

The year-long “Food for All” garden, a project of the National FFA Foundation, was heavily supported by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation.  Participants gathered at the site to harvest fall crops, such as broccoli and cabbage, and grind corn meal made from hard-kernel corn produced at the 100,000 square-foot garden site.

FFA members from across the country participated in this service project, with food distributed to those in jeopardy of food insecurity. Local FFA leaders salute KAB for investing in this important project.