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: http://keeparkansasbeautiful.com/get-involved/great_arkansas_cleanup/

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!

Ozark Vein Center, Fayetteville, AR

The Ozark Vein Center recently hosted “Stomping out Trash with Class!” at Iam’s Dog Park in Fayetteville, Arkansas! This was their first time to coordinate and host a Great American Cleanup event. They collected approximately 60 pounds of litter from in and around the dog park. Xena, one of the volunteer’s dogs, was a big help for removing hard to reach litter!

The group enjoyed the cleanup so much that they also started cleaning a bike trail in Bentonville! We are so proud of their efforts to help keep Northwest Arkansas beautiful!

Gentry Travelers Pathfinder Club, Gentry, AR

The Gentry Travelers Pathfinder Club hosted a “Trash-A-Thon” in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup on May 18!

Twenty-five volunteers helped collected approximately 400 pounds of litter from in and around Gentry City Park and the Flint Creek Nature Center. This cleanup was also a fundraiser for the organization. Members of the organization had people “sponsor” them for each pound of litter they removed. Funds raised from this cleanup event will help fund their upcoming trip to the 2014 International Camporee. Way to go, Gentry Travelers!