Keep Blount Beautiful, Maryville, TN

Keep Blount Beautiful (KBB) is proud to announce the 3rd annual Recycled Elegance Trash Fashion Show. The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at the Palace Theater in downtown Maryville. This is a one of a kind event in East Tennessee!

KBB is currently accepting fashion show applicants. The entry fee is $50 and the deadline is Oct. 11, 2014. Applicants may seek sponsors or work in teams if preferred. The Best in Show prize is $500; the second-place winner receives $100; and $50 is the third place award. Honorable Mention will be awarded to the designer or team of designers as chosen by a vote of audience favorite through “voting with bucks.” The outfit with the most bucks wins a KBB framed artwork. There will also be a special prize this year to recognize K-12 students.

Recycled Elegance Trash Fashion Show’s mission is to engage the community to create fashion out of trash to entertain, educate and inspire others to rethink, reuse and recycle. The show seeks to present our society’s trash in the form of a fashion show, and through this artful expression, we hope to change the way our community sees the world of trash and waste. Material used in the construction of garments must be post-consumer, post-industrial, or post-agricultural waste. Trash destined for the landfill or recyclable items.

Designers may use materials for construction such as glue, tape, dyes, marker, staples, thread, zippers, elastic, wire, Velcro boning, buckram, grommets, laces, starch, paint, etc. Recycled content fabric may only be used as a lining that doesn’t show. The percentage of new material should not exceed 10% of total garment weight. Underwear that does not show is acceptable under the garment. Shoes and accessories are acceptable; however shoes and accessories made from trash materials are preferred.

Each garment should have a title, byline, and a short description about the design that makes a statement. Social commentary, source of inspiration, and use of humor can be helpful in the telling of your story. Please include a mention of the trash materials used. This is a great way to promote the sponsor or business/organization presenting the garment.

For guidelines, entry form and waiver visit the Keep Blount Beautiful website or call 865-681-4809.

Keep Blount Beautiful is an award winning 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization located in the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Its mission is to improve our community by encouraging litter prevention, waste reduction, and beautification.

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful, Covington, GA

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) works with the Newton County Landfill staff and many volunteers to educate our community about recycling. Newton County, GA has 11 Neighborhood Recycling Centers strategically located for residents’ convenience. At these Centers, residents can dispose of their trash at no charge and can also recycle glass, aluminum cans, plastic, steel or tin cans, newspapers, corrugated cardboard, “other” paper products–paperboard, magazines, junk mail, etc., used motor oil and filters, yard waste, scrap metals and appliances, and tires.

On the first Saturday of each month, residents can take electronics, paints and pesticides, and used cooking oil to the Newton County Landfill to be recycled. During Saturday collections, they can also take clothes and bicycles, which are donated to the Salvation Army. One educational program that KCNB offers is a puppet show, performed in local public elementary schools.

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, Reno, NV

Reed High Eco Warriors receive recycling bins through national grant
Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful helps school achieve goal of recycling campus

RENO, NV (May 17, 2014) —Reed High School will be more beautiful now with the addition of 50 recycling bins awarded through a national recycling bin grant program applied for by Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and made possible by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation.

In its ninth year, the Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program is providing nearly 4,500 recycling bins to colleges, universities, nonprofits and local governments across the country, with more than 65 percent of the total designed specifically for permanent, ongoing use in heavily-trafficked public spaces and events.

“Recycling is an issue the Ecowarriors worked on every year since the club started 5 years ago, and this grant will be a huge step forward,” said Leigh Metcalfe, the Ecowarrior Adviser at Reed High School. “The new bins are what we need to raise awareness about recycling at Reed and collect a greater percentage of the plastics and paper currently thrown in the trash in classroom and in common areas. They will be easy for students to recognize and use compared to the current Xerox copy boxes in most classrooms.”

“Being able to make an impact on the way students view recycling to the point in which they want to change their own habits is always a plus,” said Ecowarrior and Reed High School senior Brenda Trujillo. “Then they spread the word to what we hope would one day change the way we recycle as a school.”

The same change in habits and word-of-mouth education is happening all over the country.

“Through this program and our more than 50-year partnership with Keep America Beautiful, we are helping to ensure that communities understand the importance of recycling,” said Lori George Billingsley, vice president, community relations, Coca-Cola North America. “Community recycling not only impacts the environment today, but it helps build sustainable communities for the future.”

“By providing recycling bins to communities, organizations and universities, we can make a difference in increasing recycling in the U.S. and help overcome a main barrier of recycling – convenience,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “We are truly grateful for Coca-Cola’s continued support and commitment to recycling, and the Recycling Bin Grant Program.”

Since 2007, the Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program has placed more than 35,000 recycling bins in more than 500 communities across the U.S. A full list of the spring 2014 Recycling Bin Grant recipients and further information about the grant program is available at http://bingrant.org.

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Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is private nonprofit supported by community donations dedicated to creating a cleaner, more beautiful region through education and active community involvement. To find out how you can he

Keep Bartow Beautiful, Cartersville, GA

Euharlee Elementary, Euharlee, Georgia, wins 2014 Grand Prize in the Keep Bartow Beautiful School Recycling Contest: Wildlife Wonders school-wide presentation.

The school won in the elementary division, with 622 students K-5 recycling 76,640 pounds of materials that would have otherwise been landfilled. These students recycled 123.2 pounds per student to win the coveted prize.

This past school year, 26 schools, public and private, 18,479 students total, were awarded $4600 in prizes for voluntarily recycling 470,810 pounds, or 235.4 tons, in just one school year. Since the contest started in 2005, over 2.25 million pounds of mixed paper, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and cardboard boxes have been successfully recycled into new products. Winner of the Middle-High School Division was Cass Middle School, also the 2013 state champion of Georgia’s Recycle-Bowl competition.

Thanks to great partnerships with the school systems, local government, and industires such as Anheuser-Busch, the program is a huge success story for the entire community. This year’s contest will kick off when school begins in August.

The photo shows the student council of Euharlee Elementary, leaders in their school’s recycling efforts, collecting recycling from each classroom and around the school weekly. Wildlife Wonders staff join with the students to hold an anaconda from South America. Students learn about how their recycling efforts help to preserve wildlife habitats, such as trees.

Keep Pike County Beautiful-McComb, Miss.

Keep Pike County Beautiful celebrates 8 successful months of recycling with over 52 tons of recycled goods thanks to the $10,000 Think Green Waste Management Grant & Support from the City of McComb and the Pike County Supervisors. It’s been great to see our community emerge from a failed program over 20 years ago to Success Success Success! We had a regular daily flow at our Single Stream Compactor. Any given day, there would be a line of cars of residents waiting to bring their recycled goods. The enthusiasm remained high from the beginning of fall 2013.

In partnership with the City of McComb and our other municipalities, the Pike County Board of Supervisors worked together and established a single-stream recycling program. This was accomplished by providing a roll-off dumpster at a central collection site and offering all businesses/residents the opportunity to recycle common trash fillers 24/7. The grant created the county’s only recycling site for standard recycling, in hopes of reducing solid waste collection by 8 tons per month initially, and 12 tons per month by the end of the six-month trial period. The grant paid for signage, a security camera, advertising, educational materials, and recycling collection costs.

This program has truly been supported by all of our municipalities including McComb, Summit, Magnolia and Summit throughout the entire pilot program. At any given time, there was a line of cars waiting at our fire station to drop of their materials to be recycled Firemen worked together to compact the items placed into it up to 4-6 times daily. We worked in partnership with our local Walmart who recycled the plastic bags we used to transport the recycled materials.

In addition to the $10,000 for the Think Green grant, we had additional financial support from the City of McComb and the Pike County Board of Supervisors to ensure this pilot program was a true success.

As of July 1, 2014, this program is ongoing. Our affiliate and the City of McComb was recently awarded a grant from the MS DEQ to continue and grow our efforts throughout the rest of the county with a goal of going curbside. There are now dumpsters at central locations in each of our other towns, and so far, community support for the program continues to grow.

Thank you, Keep America Beautiful, for your support of the program and for arranging a partnership with a company like Waste Management. We hope to have an even bigger story this time next year when we hope to go curbside.

Keep Stockwell Beautiful, Inc.

National Award winning Cole Cubs where at it again as they walk into Stockwell, Ind. during the “Cole Kids’ Cleanup” on May 20. Seventy-eight fourth and fifth graders worked in yards, flower beds, spread yards and yards of mulch, planted flowers and collected 38 bags of litter and yard waste for a total of 780 lbs or 10 lbs per student. They also recycled 60 lbs of paper from their snack.

Electronic-Waste Recycling in Van Buren, Ark.

Keep Van Buren Beautiful hosted an Electronic-Waste Recycling Event in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup on April 19. The Van Buren High School football team was a tremendous help at the event–unloading 30,000 pounds of e-waste to be recycled! Way to go, KVBB!

Keep Moore County Beautiful – Carthage, N.C.

On April 24th, 2014 Keep Moore County Beautiful celebrated Earth Day at the Pinehurst Elementary School’s “Earth Day Expo.” Executive Director, Chad Beane, had 500 kids participating in his interactive Recycling Game and was able to distribute recycling and anti-litter stickers and tattoos to the kids from our booth.