Keep Virginia Beautiful’s “30 Grants in 30 Days” was a great success in 2013! Our nearly 3,000 volunteers worked tirelessly to make the 30 projects a great success, cleaning up 14,057 pounds of debris; planting 705 plants and 109 trees; and installing 25 gardens. Keep Virginia Beautiful would like to thank Lowe’s and Keep America Beautiful for their sponsorship of our “30 in 30″ program in 2013!
Each year, Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and its affiliates celebrate America Recycles Day (ARD) on (or around) Nov. 15. Whether you’re a KAB affiliate or an ARD participating organization, it’s time to start planning for this year’s event, and we have a few ideas for you.
Recycle fashion show: Recycling is fashionable, so why not set the stage for your creative class to show off some art made of recycled and repurposed items. This event promises fun for the participants and attendees and has high potential for grabbing media attention. (We have to credit this idea. We’ve worked with Keep the Rez Beautiful in Mississippi, an affiliate of KAB that holds a recycle fashion show each year as its annual fundraiser. They borrowed the concept from another affiliate in Mississippi, Keep Bay St. Louis Beautiful.) What can your community send down the catwalk?
Monofilament collection program: Monofilament, or fishing line, causes problems when littered. It can harm or kill wildlife and takes 600 years to decompose. Combat this with a simple monofilament collection program. By placing receptacles at fishing piers and boat launches, you can ask people to dispose of monofilament properly. BoatU.S. Foundation works with groups to launch monofilament collection programs that recycle the line. (This idea was also taken from Keep the Rez Beautiful, who started a program earlier this year with 10 bins with the help of the BoatU.S. Foundation.) After you teach a man how to fish, you need to teach him what do to with the fishing line.
Paper or plastic (neither?): Think how much plastic is used to bag groceries each year. A good way to cut down on the plastic bags doled out in your community is by arming your community members with reusable cloth bags. You can work with your local grocery store and maybe have volunteers helping bag people’s groceries with the recyclable bag. Be sure to put both your logo and theirs on the bag.
Hazardous or electronic wastes collection: In a lot of places, disposing and recycling of these items is tough. You can set up a drop-off site, even if it’s just for a day. Your affiliate can partner with your state department of environmental quality and local recycling businesses to make holding this event rather painless, leaving mainly the promotion up to you.
We encourage you to recycle one of these ideas in your community!
Keep America Beautiful’s Recycle-Bowl is fast-approaching.
The annual K-12 recycling competition, sponsored by Nestlé® Pure Life®, a brand of Nestlé Waters North America, takes place from Oct. 21 through Nov. 15, culminating on America Recycles Day. All participating schools will track and report how much recyclable material they collect during the four-week competition.
To be eligible for cash prizes, registration ends at midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (Schools may register through Oct. 21, but will not be eligible for cash prizes.)
Recycle-Bowl, now in its third year, is designed to motivate K-12 students and members of their school communities to improve their recycling habits. Not only does the competition educate students about the benefits of recycling, it also helps motivate kids to adopt sustainable behaviors early in life.
Schools in all 50 states competed last year, reaching nearly 1 million students across America. The competition’s 2012 national champion was Taylor Primary School in Kokomo, Ind., where students recycled 47 pounds of waste per child.
Whether your school is an experienced “veteran” or a recycling “rookie,” every school can use Recycle-Bowl to support and improve its recycling efforts. Learn more here and help us reach our goal of having 1,750 schools participate in 2013.
Hurricane Sandy’s winds are long gone, but a corporate sponsor, 1.2 million recycled bottlers and 250 volunteers turned a harsh event – quite literally – into a Connecticut picnic.
Volunteers from Nestle Waters North America’s (NWNA) “Project Picnic“ program assembled 100 brand new picnic tables Oct. 3 – part of an effort to beautify Stamford, Conn., a large coastal city directly hit by Hurricane Sandy.
“Nearly a year ago, the whir of generators was heard throughout this city as residents waited for power to be restored following Hurricane Sandy,” said Laura McCafferty, director, corporate communications at NWNA. “That sound had a very different meaning as it powered dozens of drills in the hands of hundreds of volunteers who are making their mark in bettering the community.”
The volunteers included NWNA Chairman, President and CEO Tim Brown, and 250 NWNA employees and representatives. Each picnic table contained 1,200 recycled plastic bottles carefully constructed by volunteers during the all-day event. This project aligns with KAB’s new “I Want To Be Recycled” national Public Service Announcement. . The educational campaign shows recyclable materials can be given another life and become something new when people choose to recycle. Visit iwanttoberecycled.org for more information and to find a recycling center in your community.
A big, green high-five to the 12 schools who held games last week! Good luck to the following schools with games this weekend: Utah State University, Brown University, California State University-Sacramento, Eastern Washington University,Ferrum College and University of Tulsa.
The Game Day Challenge will be announcing results in time for America Recycles Day on Nov. 15 to give schools the opportunity to share results at their final home game. Because of this, schools will need to submit final numbers by Nov. 6 for games up to that point. Please contact the Game Day Challenge helpline with questions.
Have you signed up for the challenge?
Even if your game is a few weeks out, sign up now to list your school with other participants. Check out the list to see who you’re up against in your conference. For registration assistance, consult our helpful guides or drop us a line: email@example.com.
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Don’t forget to log in after your games to document weights and attendance. While you’re at it, we want to hear about any activities or events you did as part of your game for possible website and email features. Please share photos with us on Facebook by posting on our wall or tagging Game Day Challenge.
Other Resources for Your Game Day Challenge
Celebrate America Recycles Day at your school. All your recycling events throughout October and November can be registered as America Recycles Day events, and every school to sign up will be entered to win a $50 gift card to support your event.
Check out the online toolkit for specialized resources for colleges, including a Tailgate Go-To Guide.
Thanks and go team!
(Photo courtesy of Kevin Fitzsimmons)
Five Keep America Beautiful affiliates in Tennessee teamed up to create a mobile classroom to teach students about litter and recycling. Sponsored by Republic Services, this rolling education unit will reach thousands of school children across east Tennessee!
Have you ever thought about what kind of recycling happens at a rodeo? KAB found out this past week at our third and final fair visit of the summer. KAB and Alcoa Foundation provided bins, boots on the ground, and technical expertise at state and county fairs as part of a Clinton Global Initiative commitment. This week in Washington State, the Kitsap County Fair included a rodeo, and we did not know going into the fair what this would mean for recycling. What did we learn? Rodeos are ripe with recyclables! Even though the adult beverage vendors were doubtful that customers would recycle, when we gave them bins and came back to them the next morning, the bins were filled with aluminum cans! We also provided bins in the bleachers, VIP cookout area, beer garden, and even behind the scenes where the cowboys, cattle wranglers, and barrel racers were camping and taking care of their animals.
As we walked around with labels for recycling bins, a man barbecuing with his family called out to “bring one of those over here!” He was eager to have a label for the recycling bin in his cookout area. Later in the fair, when our volunteers went to check on a bin by the cattle wrangler’s shed, a man wanted to know how they were doing with recycling. The bin was completely filled with recyclables, so we were happy to tell him that he and his friends were doing great! It was exciting to see that fairgoers had a very positive response to not only recycling, but a composting pilot as well! KAB is thrilled that people are passionate about reducing waste and recycling right. Did you find recycling at any outdoor events this summer?
On Aug. 21, 2013 after months of planning, the Lowe’s Heroes from Fairlawn and Alliance, Ohio, banded together to carry out a park spruce-up project at two City of Akron parks: Davenport Park and Erie Island Park. In just a few hours many tasks were completed.
At Davenport Park, Lowe’s volunteers replaced lumber and stained all of the dilapidated benches by the park restroom and on the t-ball fields. Children were virtually unable to sit on these benches, so we completely refurbished them. Next, the Lowe’s Heroes volunteers stained all of the picnic tables, benches and bleachers in the entire park. They labored alongside City of Akron Arborist Bill Hahn and planted 10 trees. As if that wasn’t enough, they proceeded to spruce up all of the park signs! The Lowe’s team ripped out all of the old, dying plants, tilled and added more soil, and planted a beautiful array of flowers. The park sign spruce-up also included a new coat of brown and yellow paint to make the City of Akron park sign POP!
At the Erie Island Park ball fields, the Lowe’s Heroes spread gravel around the new picnic tables so that the area would be easy to walk through. They also created a new planting bed, roto-tilled, added new soil and planted alongside the Keep Akron Beautiful crew.
Six City of Akron parks received new trash and recycling receptacles, including Davenport Park and Erie Island Park/ball fields, where the projects took place. These receptacles will encourage recycling and were exclusively placed in parks that have youth sporting activities happening in the park. The six parks receiving these receptacles include: Copley Road Soccer Complex, Davenport Park, Erie Island Park/ball fields, Lane Field, Patterson Park and Prentiss Park. All of the sports teams that practice or play in these parks were given an education about what to deposit into the trash container and what to deposit in the recycling container. Keep Akron Beautiful is encouraging players, coaches and fans to make the right choice in depositing their waste and NOT littering in the parks! Educational materials were given out, and all of the recycling bins have a sticker affixed to them to remind citizens what is appropriate to throw in the bins. Each team was also given a supply of trash and recycling bags, so they are able to do a litter sweep after each practice or game.
Keep Akron Beautiful appreciates all of the assistance of the City of Akron Parks Department, as well as the Fairlawn Lowe’s store. We are so proud to show off all of the good being done in our community! Thank you, Lowe’s for funding our $20,000 Community Improvement Grant and to the Fairlawn Lowe’s store for choosing us as your “Lowe’s Heroes” project. We are so proud of the work we have accomplished, and will continue to accomplish through our new recycling program.