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 Clinton, MS Beautiful – Clinton, MS

In 2013, Keep Clinton, MS Beautiful received a grant from Keep Mississippi Beautiful and Waste Management Inc. The grant enabled us to construct a Community Garden located at the Clinton Community Christian Corporation. This garden will provide fresh vegetables for low to moderate income residents. It will also aid in the education of the value of fresh vegetables and good health. In a state with a significantly high obesity rate, this garden underscores the importance of healthy lifestyle and food choices. The garden will create an environment by which obesity and hunger are combatted through community partnerships and healthy lifestyles. Classes and cooking demonstrations will continue in coordination with the ongoing maintenance of the garden. The garden is a significant investment in the future of our communities’ ability to meet the needs of our residents while also providing a transformative experience for the children and families benefitting from the garden.

Keep Little Rock Beautiful – Little Rock, AR

Keep Little Rock Beautiful joined forces with Audubon Arkansas and concerned citizens to help form the organization, “Friends of Fourche Creek.”

Gaining support from local sponsors, such as Starbucks and Waste Management, the partnering organizations were able to remove a significant amount of litter (3,000 pounds) and also recycle a significant amount of recyclables that were littered (an additional 3,000 pounds). Special thanks to everyone who volunteered to help keep Fourche Creek beautiful!

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful was thrilled to win a Keep America Beautiful and Waste Management Think Green Grant this past summer. Keep Philadelphia Beautiful used the grant to establish a community composting program in the Haddington section of West Philadelphia with The Urban Tree Connection and Bennett Compost. And we couldn’t be more pleased to update you on our progress over the last few months!

We currently have 25 households enrolled in the pilot program, which involves weekly pickup of compostables from neighborhood youth, and is a part of a larger health and wellness initiative being spearheaded by the Urban Tree Connection. We have also used our community composting program as an educational tool throughout the community about sustainable waste disposal and waste reduction.

As we enter 2014, our goal  is to continue to expand the program and ensure that we keep it going in the years to come.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted as our pilot program progresses – and in the meantime, we hope you enjoy these great pictures: bit.ly/1azmQQN. We believe they tell a story – from home to farm to compost!

America Recycles Day 2013

Calling all ARD Event Organizers! Registration for America Recycles Day 2013 is officially open and it’s time to start planning all of your collection, education, proclamation, pledge drive and college game day tailgate events! America Recycles Day, which takes place annually on and around Nov. 15, recognizes the benefits of recycling, while providing an educational platform that helps raise awareness about the value of reducing, reusing and recycling – every day – all throughout the year.

Last year, over 1,500 event organizers registered 2,065 events with 2.1 million people participating across the country in America Recycles Day.

This year’s America Recycles Day theme, “I Want To Be Recycled,” directly ties into the Keep America Beautiful/Ad Council Recycling Campaign that was launched in July. America Recycles Day, just like the campaign, is designed to help educate people about the importance of recycling to our economy and environmental well-being as well as motivate occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers.

To help support event organizers, there are best practices guides for hosting events, activity ideas, downloadable posters and banners, media outreach tools, sample proclamations, and much more available on the ARD toolkit page.

And of course, a big thank you to 2013 America Recycles Day national sponsors Anheuser-Busch, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies and Waste Management.

Register your event and tell us: How will you be celebrating America Recycles Day this year?