Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, Reno, NV

Record number of invasive weeds, abandoned cars removed; more than 600 residents turn out to clean up Truckee Meadows

More than 600 Washoe County residents came out Saturday to clean up illegal dump sites and invasive weeds at 18 sites during Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful’s Great Community Cleanup. Volunteers removed 74 tons of trash, 33 tons of invasive weeds and almost 600 tires for a cleanup total of 123 tons. Volunteers also removed graffiti, painted and wrapped trees.

“We had perfect weather this year,” said Jaime Souza, program manager of Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB). “Our volunteers pulled and dug a record number of invasive weeds – great news in this dry year.”

Those weeds will be composted for the first time this year, and next week – during International Compost Awareness Week, KTMB staff will be collecting compost and delivering it to schools and other area garden projects. This addition to KTMB’s Great Community Cleanup is made possible by a Keep America Beautiful/Waste Management Think Green grant and a partnership with RT Donovan.

Another record was set this year: The Nevada National Guard removed 18 abandoned cars from the Hunter and Alum creek areas.

“The number of cars just kept increasing,” Souza said. “We started with 15, were up to 17 this morning, and then the helicopter crews found another while they were doing their training. The ground crews did a little scrambling and managed to get the extra one as well. They were so well prepared, and really wanted to do a thorough job. We were so glad to help with the project, and couldn’t be happier with the outcome.”

Here are the stats for KTMB’s Great Community Cleanup. Trash: 74.47 tons; Weeds: 33.4 tons; Cars: 18; Tires: 595

KTMB volunteers are individuals, families and groups from all over the community, including the event sponsor, Intuit, and all the event partners like the Truckee River Fund, Barrick Gold Corporation, NV Energy Foundation, OrangeTree Productions, REI, Truckee Meadows Water Authority, Waste Management, cities of Reno and Sparks, Sun Valley General Improvement District, Washoe County, Washoe County Health District, and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.

KTMB’s Great Community Cleanup began in 2006 as a part of a community-based effort to preserve the natural beauty of local recreation areas and remove the dangers to people and wildlife associated with illegal dump sites and invasive weeds. For a map of 2015 cleanup sites, before and after photos, video and more, visit ktmb.org/events/ktmbs-great-community-cleanup/.

All KTMB programs are geared toward educating the public about the economic and health hazards of litter and illegal dumping; reducing our waste; eliminating trash from our parks, roadways and open spaces; making our community a beautiful and safe place to live; and giving opportunities for residents and businesses to take pride and ownership in their home. Residents can get involved by visiting ktmb.org.

Keep Elbert County Beautiful, Inc., Elbert County, Geoargia

Keep Elbert County Beautiful teamed up with the East Side Neighborhood Watch Group to cleanup streets and areas of the East Side Neighborhood in Elberton on May 30. Retrieved were over 700 pounds of trash and litter in 4 hours. In addition a relationship was established between the two organizations and insights were gained into successful pursuit of future projects. Satisfaction was felt by all.
Other organized events occurred throughout the county too: a river cleanup along a ten mile stretch, a planting at a landmark location in the city of Elberton, an independent roadside collection of litter by two citizens, and “Recycle Happy Hour” that occurred earlier in the spring in the town of Bowman.

Keep Chester County Beautiful

The Chester Co Girl Scout Troop cleaned up Mid South Youth Park in May. The troop picked up pine cones, pine needles, and trash.  The clean up was done for their troop service project, each girl received a garbage bag and gloves to clean up. The girls loved helping the environment and cleaning up the camp.

Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful

On May 9th, Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful (KRCB) launched the 17th annual Great American Cleanup in the City of Riverside. Over 1,000 community volunteers took on critical neighborhoods at 59 cleanup sites citywide. Projects included: litter and weed abatement, graffiti eradication, cleaning local waterways, and planting trees in a residential neighborhood. Special thanks go to the crews from Athens Services, Burrtec Waste Industries, and CR&R Environmental Services for following the volunteer’s efforts that day, collecting over 16,000 lbs. of litter, debris, weeds, and bulky items. We would also like to thank our national sponsor, Niagara Bottling, whose employees brought their families to assist the cleanup effort in Riverside, CA.

Keep Eunice Beautiful, Louisiana

As part of our Great America Cleanup (GAC) events, we enlisted students at our local college (LSU at Eunice) and youth from a local First Baptist Church as well as youth from Eunice High School. These young people are becoming more aware of the litter problem in our town and they are acting as per review advocates to clean up our city.

Keep Cass County Beautiful, Louisville, NE

Keep Cass County Beautiful appreciates the hard work from these students who conducted a litter cleanup of a portion of Highway 50 south of Weeping Water, downtown Weeping Water, and the local park areas. The students along with their school sponsors (Sarah Roehl, FCCLA; and Sue Heinz, FBLA) collected 18 large garbage bags of trash. Terrific Job! Thank you for helping keep Cass County Nebraska clean and beautiful!

Keep the Midlands Beautiful, West Columbia South Carolina

Wow, April is almost over! Keep the Midlands Beautiful has had a busy, but fun month. We started the month with a local school wanting to do a 2 day service learning project. These children ranged in age from 8 to 18. They worked with a local police officer to cleanup senior citizens yards. Both days, 20+ students showed up to cleanup 3 to 4 people’s yards. The students really enjoyed getting out of the classroom and giving back to their community.

Keep Guntersville Beautiful, AL

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.