Keep Akron Beautiful, Akron, OH- Hyre Trail Cleanup

Keep Akron Beautiful was privileged to work with a group of young students that cleaned up the Hyre Trail in Akron, OH during the most beautiful Saturday of the year, so far, on April 26, 2014! Andrew Lamb, our fearless volunteer leader, and his group, Pi Sigma Epsilon, gathered together on a Saturday morning and weren’t afraid to get dirty! They spent hours upon hours, pulling trash, tires, and interesting items out of the water along the Hyre Trail. Over 40 bags of trash was collected, along with multiple tires, bottles, cans and even some plastic furniture! Keep Akron Beautiful is proud to work with groups like this as we help to beautify the City of Akron throughout the entire month of April, stretching into the first week of May. Currently, we have 105 groups registered with more than 2,000 volunteers working to Keep Akron Beautiful!

Keep Jonesborough Beautiful, Jonesborough, TN

Keep Jonesborough Beautiful decided for our first of many events to host a litter and e-waste collection event. Both events were very successful! The volunteers were amazing, the local resources were more than gracious, the event was enjoyable and we accomplished our goal of cleaning up our community. We collected more than 2,500 lbs. of e-waste and 185 lbs. of trash. That may not sound like a lot, but for our community its more than enough. Our goal was to inform the community and engage the community to take pride in where they live.

Make Every Day Earth Day!

Today’s celebration of Earth Day is a reminder to all Americans that while our environmental challenges might be great, if we treat every day as if it’s Earth Day our small, daily actions can result in significant and positive change.

Throughout April and the rest of spring, Keep America Beautiful’s network of community-based affiliates are conducting Great American Cleanup events that celebrate the shared responsibility we all have to improve our communities and protect our planet. We invite you to participate in an event close to home or create your own. Be a part of our movement to build and sustain vibrant communities across our nation.

We all can be local change-makers. For example, Keep Virginia Beautiful Executive Director Mike Baum launched KVB’s campaign, “Give 60,” with the simple idea that an individual volunteering for just 60 minutes can help make Virginia a more beautiful place.

At Keep America Beautiful, we share that sentiment. Keep America Beautiful thanks the millions of Americans who are volunteering their 60 minutes (and much more) during the Great American Cleanup to help beautify parks, trails and recreation areas; clean roads, highways, shorelines and waterways; reduce waste and increase recycling; remove litter and debris; plant trees and build community gardens, among  many other community service projects.

We encourage you to treat every day as if it’s Earth Day. You’ll be glad you did!

Keep Clark County Beautiful

Keep Clark County Beautiful volunteers cleaned up over a mile of the Simon Kenton multi-use trail in Springfield, Ohio, on Saturday, April 12. They picked up 25 bags of litter and a dumped tire. Volunteers also removed unsightly tagging from a bridge over the trail. Here, volunteers Kathleen Jedreski and Ryan Peterkoski knock out graffiti.

Keep Clark County Beautiful

Keep Clark County Beautiful is helping the National Trail Parks and Recreation District in Springfield, Ohio, to build an educational nature trail for urban youth to learn about local wildlife, and this weekend, they completed the first leg of the trail! Volunteers cleared 38 bags of litter, 20 dumped tires, and hundreds of pounds of dumped plywood while cutting through brush, removing vines and honeysuckle, and preparing the brand new trail for its signage.

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!

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) hosted their first Great American Cleanup event on March 22. Six volunteers and two staff members removed more than 350 tires from the Terre Noire Natural Area in Southwest Arkansas! The ANHC partnered with a local tire recycling company to ensure the tires did not make their way to a landfill. Thank you, ANHC!