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.

South End Neighborhood Association, Little Rock, AR

Dr. Minnie Hatchett coordinated the 11th Annual South End Neighborhood Association’s Great American Cleanup on April 26. Almost 200 volunteers gathered to reduce litter from Interstate 30 to Barton Coliseum in Little Rock. They removed 8,000 pounds of litter from 35 miles of roadways and two parks, cleaning five illegal dumps and four junk vehicles on dead end streets. They recycled any tires they collected, and also donated 15 bags of aluminum to the local organization, Helping Hand, a local non-profit that provides occupational, physical, and speech therapy to children.

Keep Mansfield (MA) Beautiful

More than 700 volunteers participated in the 7th annual Great American Cleanup of Mansfield on May 3, 2014. That translates to about 3% of the entire population of Mansfield. This year, volunteers focused on increasing the percentage of trash that was recycled. Separate green bags were provided for recyclables. This enabled volunteers to collect approximately 20 cubic yards of recyclable material. Volunteers from the Xfinity Center in Mansfield collected the bags and brought them back to the Xfinity Center for processing.

The annual cleanup event has drastically reduced the amount of litter in Mansfield. Several nearby communities have taken notice and are now organizing their own cleanup events.

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Keep Westmoreland County Beautiful

Keep Westmoreland County Beautiful received a $10,000 WM Think Green Grant to implement a multifamily dwelling (apartment) recycling program for up to 500 apartment units. Three apartment complexes were chosen to test the pilot program. Educational material on single stream recycling (2 complexes), and a municipal recycling program (1 complex) were developed unique to each facility; apartment-sized recycling totes were purchased for each unit and hand-delivered to each resident. Waste Management assisted with selection of the appropriate collection method and schedule for each facility. After some initial skepticism, residents seem to have really taken to the recycling program and are anxious to see it continue. Apartment managers seem pleasantly surprised by the reaction and participation of their residents.