OKC Beautiful’s National Day of Action on April 6th was a huge success! Over 250 volunteers from local businesses, schools, and churches joined the OKC Beautiful staff in cleaning up the 1500 acres of the Lake Overholser and Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge located in Oklahoma City. Lake Overholser was chosen as this years clean up site because it is an important source of water in Oklahoma City and illegal dumping is a common problem. Volunteers worked on land and in kayaks picking up over 77 pounds of aluminum, 1/2 a ton of scrap metal, 22 tires, and 1.3 tons of plastic. The success and publicity from this event has led to other volunteers contacting OKC Beautiful and asking how they can help clean up our city…a great outcome from a wonderful day!
On Earth Day, Juniors and Seniors from Choffin Career and Technical Center came out to help cleanup two heavily littered areas in Youngstown, Ohio. This is an annual effort by these students to help make Youngstown Clean and Green! Students collected over 63 bags of trash, 12 tires and over a truckload of other trash and debris across the sites. They are hard workers every year and we appreciate their dedication!
Student volunteers from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, have participated in 3 graffiti paint-outs during this year’s Great American Cleanup! In this shot, volunteer Ian McNeill cleans up a bridge leading over the county’s multi-use recreational trails on Wednesday, April 24th.
Keep Ohio Beautiful (KOB), the Ohio Department of Transportation, and the Ohio Turnpike Commission held our annual State Roadway Cleanup on Saturday, April 6 in Cleveland. This was the first time KOB held its State Roadway Cleanup in Cleveland.
Volunteers comprising neighborhood groups, businesses and organizations met in downtown Cleveland to tackle area roadways to pick up thousands of pounds of litter, recyclables and debris. After the cleanup, volunteers were treated with free tickets to see the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Orlando Magic that weekend.
Keep America Beautiful, the national Great American Cleanup initiative, selected Keep Ohio Beautiful’s State Roadway Cleanup in Cleveland to showcase as one of their seven nationwide locations for the National Day of Action.
We were excited Waste Management was our recycling partner for the State Roadway Cleanup Event in Cleveland on April 6. Because of Waste Management’s donations of its recycling and waste services, this will be the second time that Keep Ohio Beautiful’s State Roadway Cleanup Event will utilize single-stream recycling. The recyclables that are collected by the volunteers on April 6 will go to Waste Management’s recycling facility in Akron, OH for processing. Incorporating recycling into this event is truly the perfect way to help the environment for future generations. We want to thanks all of the Great American Cleanup sponsors such as Glad, Nestle Pure Life, and Troy-Bilt.
We’re celebrating Keep Columbus Beautiful Week April 20-27. We started with a roadside clean up on Saturday; eight volunteers cleaned both sides of a one-mile stretch of county road west of town gathering 15 bags of trash and 8 of recyclables. Thank you Glad for the trash bags and Nestle for the water! Our local lunch sponsor was Tyson. On Earth Day afternoon, all the 7th and 8th graders at Columbus Junior High fanned out across town picking up litter and dropping off information about recycling and hazardous waste disposal. Stapled to each flier was a packet of marigold seeds, so we achieved the trifecta–clean up, education and beautification! The citywide clean up will be Friday, and we’ll wrap up the week on Saturday with a clean up of our Swinging Bridge area.
Keep Pearland Beautiful hosted the Don’t Mess with Texas Trash Off, in conjunction with the National Day of Action, on Saturday April 6, 2013. The theme of this year’s DMWT trash off is “Pitch in Pearland – Put Litter in it’s Place,” a rallying call that encourages volunteer groups, community leaders, and people of all ages and walks of life to begin creating a litter free community through their efforts as volunteers, and through their daily choices and actions.
Participants assembled at the Pearland Community Center on the morning of the event for a continental breakfast at 7:30AM before heading out to make Pearland a cleaner city. Keep Pearland Beautiful supplied bags and gloves for the cleanup and sent a crew out to pick up the bags of trash. All volunteers received a token from KPB and four cash prizes will be awarded after all wrap up reports are submitted (a random drawing from wrap up reports submitted on time, a prize for the group submitting the most original clean up photo of their group, a prize to the group collecting the most documented cigarette butts, and a prize for the group with the most unusual piece of litter).
The Trash-Off is a part of a state-wide cleanup sponsored by Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation. It is also the signature event in Pearland for Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest annual community improvement program that harnesses the power of over 4 million volunteers to build vibrant communities.
This spring, Keep America Beautiful affiliates across the country are participating in a variety of activities during this year’s Great American Cleanup that help support our 2013 Vibrant Communities Impact Goals.
Last month, 1,200 Keep Little Rock Beautiful volunteers picked up litter and storm debris and raked leaves in 23 neighborhoods and nine parks, and at six schools. The efforts of Keep Little Rock Beautiful support our goal of cleaning and restoring 200,000 public acres and sites to build and sustain safer, cleaner communities.
During KAB’s National Day of Action on April 6, Keep Ohio Beautiful partnered with the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio Turnpike Commission for their annual State Roadway Cleanup. Hundreds of volunteers comprised of neighborhood groups, businesses and organizations took to the area roadways to pick up thousands of pounds of litter, recyclables and debris throughout the state of Ohio. The results are still being tallied, but the hard work of our affiliates across Ohio will play a large role in achieving KAB’s goal of cleaning 100,000 miles of roads and highways.
In two weeks, I Love A Clean San Diego will be hosting its Creek to Bay coastal cleanup event, one of the largest in the country. As part of the national Great American Cleanup, an estimated 6,000 San Diego area volunteers will gather at 92 cleanup sites countywide. Participants will help preserve the local environment by cleaning up local outdoor areas, including beaches, bays, creeks, canyons, parks and urban areas. These efforts will be instrumental in KAB’s successful achievement of cleaning and restoring 10,000 miles of rivers, lakes and shorelines in 2013.
How can you help us reach our Vibrant Communities Impact Goals? Get involved! Visit KABcleanup.org to get more information about how you can volunteer in your community.
MCCC Participates In Creation of New City Park
Montgomery Clean City Commission (MCCC), Alabama Power, the City of Montgomery and Maxwell Air Force Base, are joining forces to create the new 1.25-acre Maxwell Park. The City will take unserviceable land and convert it into a recreational area featuring a boat ramp for the exclusive use of non-motorized boats and a scenic overview of the Alabama River.
On February 16, MCCC brought in a group of 110 volunteers from Maxwell AFB to start the arduous task of removing years of accumulated rubbish. More than 400 bags of debris were filled and removed, but plenty of trash remained for further cleanups. On March 2, volunteers from the Civil Air Patrol, Montgomery Rowing Club, and Master Gardeners continued the task. And MCCC has another cleanup and green-up scheduled for March 16, with 18 pallets of sod being delivered. A rain garden was also built, thanks to funding from Coca-Cola.
Susan Carmichael, MCCC’s executive director, reports that it will be moving on to a larger project called Peacock Tract, which is a two-year neighborhood revitalization project in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights march.
“We will be integrating the principals of smart growth, urbanism and green building into the first national system for neighborhood design,” Carmichael said. “This will be the largest project MCCC has been involved with since we began in 1975. It’s huge! Everything from tearing down buildings to removing sidewalks to taking out brick walls and steps to painting a collage on some large slabs, removing and planting new trees, restoring buildings and so much more.”
The cleanup initiative is far from done, however. There will be cleanups throughout the spring Great American Cleanup period and into the summer.
If anyone is interested in volunteering in Montgomery, Ala., contact Susan Carmichael at (334) 241-2175 or firstname.lastname@example.org .