Keep Sevier Beautiful, TN

Smoky Mountain Young Life partnered with Keep Sevier Beautiful to clean up an illegal dumpsite on the last day of the Great American Cleanup.

The youth group participated as a fundraiser, Trash Dash, to raise money for camp. The kids solicited sponsors to donate money per bag of litter removed along the roadway. However, this year the youth group agreed to help clean up an illegal dumpsite – meaning versus counting bags, they counted tons!

The site was a cul-de-sac from a development that was abandoned; leaving the perfect space for people to drive in, dump trash off the side of the mountain and drive away. The site had everything from household garbage, a large toy box, mattresses, tvs, linens, tires to construction demolition.

The kids raised enough money to go to camp — and cleaned up 31,500 lbs of debris and 153 tires. “This is a great partnership for both KSB and Young Life,” said Laura Howard, Executive Director for Keep Sevier Beautiful. “Residents sponsor kids to improve our community, the kids are getting an opportunity to go to camp and they’re learning firsthand the problems illegal dumps present to our community.”

The program is part of Project Restore – a program to clean up blighted private properties and restore them to their original beauty.

Keep Moore County Beautiful , Carthage, North Carolina

Keep Moore County Beautiful Executive Director, Chad C. Beane, and Assistant Karen S. Schreifels, once again participated in the North Carolina Big Sweep Waterway Cleanup for 2014. Keep Moore County Beautiful collaborated with the Aberdeen Parks & Recreation for the waterway cleanup event, Saturday, October 4th. The event was a success. The North Carolina Big Sweep is a one-day event to remove litter from our waterways. We had many volunteers to include, Bob Coates, board member, Jack Clelland, Parks Coordinator, Boys Scouts, Troop 88, and a student from Pinecrest High School. The volunteers collected a substantial amount of litter from a 2-mile stretch. We collected 20 pounds of recycle, 22 pounds of waste, 1 large drain pipe and two entangled wildlife, (1) goose, (1) duck. Keep Moore County Beautiful is very proud to participate in this program and very grateful for all the groups and volunteers that put forth a collaborative effort to continue to Keep Moore County Beautiful in North Carolina.

KAB of Anderson County SC

KAB of Anderson County (SC) is looking into a new outreach. There has been a noticeable increase in litter on the county’s horse riding trails. KAB will be encouraging riders to pick up litter on sections of riding trails. This effort will increase the perception that riders should “pack it out if you pack it in.”

Anderson County has the second highest number of horses in the state and is home to many recreational riders. Anderson County horse trails are a beautiful and relaxing part of our area and should be appreciated as the treasure they are! Two riders, Will Smith and Ed Sheriff, discussed their concerns with KAB members and Solid Waste Dept department staff and were picking up litter at Fants Grove on Sept. 22.

Affiliates Join Together to Keep Arkansas River Beautiful

Keep America Beautiful affiliates in Arkansas and Oklahoma recently joined together to help keep the Arkansas River beautiful. Together they helped remove over 4 tons of litter from in and around the Arkansas River.

On September 6, Keep Arkansas Beautiful kicked off their annual fall Great Arkansas Cleanup with the third annual Great Arkansas River Cleanup. Eight Arkansas communities, including five local Keep America Beautiful affiliates (Keep Little Rock Beautiful, Keep North Little Rock Beautiful, Keep Ozark Beautiful, Pine Bluff/Jefferson Co. Clean & Beautiful, and Keep Van Buren Beautiful) joined together for one large day of action to help reduce litter in and around the Arkansas River. Keep Oklahoma Beautiful also joined their efforts this year by organizing four cleanup events in Oklahoma communities along the Arkansas River.

Final results are still being compiled, but preliminary results show:
Almost 250 volunteers served more than 750 hours to help keep the Arkansas River beautiful.
Produced a value of at least $16,000.
More than 4 tons of litter removed (more than 8,816 pounds removed—including 374 bags of trash, 38 tires, 2 refrigerators, and 1 toilet!)

The 2015 Great Arkansas Cleanup is scheduled for September 12, 2015. Keep Arkansas Beautiful hopes to recruit affiliates or communities in Colorado and Kansas for next year’s efforts, as well as increasing the number of cleanup events in Arkansas and Oklahoma!

For more information about the Great Arkansas Cleanup, please visit Keep Arkansas Beautiful’s website here:

KAB of Anderson County (SC)

Many people in Anderson County are concerned about the amount of litter on our roads and parks. The Anderson Co. Solid Waste Dept. and Keep America Beautiful of Anderson County are partnering to help improve the litter levels. Adopt-a-Spot is a program which allows citizens to “adopt” a stretch of county roadway and promise to pick up litter on that section a minimum of four times a year. The Solid Waste Dept. will provide safety vests, gloves, pick up sticks, and trash bags as well as provide guidance and training. On Sept. 4, 2014, citizens in Williamston were taking part in a clean-up effort at the Spring Water Park during the Farmers Market opening. Jeffrey Knight of Pelzer, Jean Taylor of Williamston, her grandson Todd Taylor and her sister Joan Black of Williamston took time to pick up litter around the park. A county-wide litter eradication event is planned for October 18, and is called “The Great Anderson County Clean-Up.”

Photo Left to right: Jeffrey Knight of Pelzer, Joan Black of Williamston, Jean Taylor of Williamston, and Todd Taylor, student at Palmetto High School collecting litter in Williamston’s Springwater Park on Sept 4, 2015.

Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful (KWSB), N.C.

For the second year in a row the Great American Cleanup (GAC) was part of the Forsyth County Creek Week coordinated by the City’s Storm Water Department, other county municipalities, the Library, Cooperative Extension Service and many other groups including of course KWSB.

March 15-22 events were held each day including creek crawls, fishing demonstrations, movies, book readings, photo contests, educational activities leading up to a large cleanup on March 22. On that final day approximately 1,000 volunteers county wide removed over 16,000 lbs. of trash and recyclables from local waterways, streets, parks and schools. Volunteers were provided Cici’s pizza, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Pepsi drinks. It was a VERY successful and fun week!

M.K. Distributors, Pine Bluff, AR

M.K. Distributors in Pine Bluff hosted a Great American Cleanup event in its community on May 17! Volunteers collected approximately 280 pounds of litter from around the city. Keep Arkansas Beautiful is proud of their efforts. Way to go, M.K. Distributors!

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commmission, Warren, AR

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission hosted their third Great American Cleanup event on May 17 at the Warren Prairie Natural Area. Approximately 20 volunteers helped remove about 900 pounds of litter from 4 miles surrounding the area. Way to go, ANHC!