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 Want a great way to help save the EARTH? Have a clean up?  Questions can be answered by Michelle Dunn, Great American Cleanup of PA Program Coordinator, at 1-877-772-3673 ext. 113 or mdunn@keeppabeautiful.org. 

About Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful mission is empowering Pennsylvanians to make our communities clean and beautiful. Since 1990, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and its volunteers have removed over 141 million pounds of litter from Pennsylvania’s roadways, greenways, parks, forests, and waterways. To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, visit www.keeppabeautiful.org.  

For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful website. Click Here to become a member. Click Here to sign up for regular updates from KPB, Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter, Discover them on Pinterest and visit their YouTube Channel. 

Also visit the Illegal Dump Free PA website for more ideas on how to clean up communities and keep them clean and KPB’s Electronics Waste website. Sign up now for the 2019 Great American Cleanup of PA and volunteer or set up your own cleanup and beautification event runs March 1 to May 31. 

      Also try Luzerne County Keep NEPA Beautiful - Janet Sweeney – Director PA.  Environmental Council 175 Main Street Luzerne, PA  18709 570-718-6507 or email- jsweeney@pecpa.org     

Note from Helen

Dear Keep America Beautiful Family,

In our last newsletter, we talked about the four pillars that our 2021-2025 Strategic Plan outlines for us in how we will create measurable impact: Clean, Green, Mobilized, and Inclusive. Today we will focus on the CLEAN pillar, where we work to end litter and reduce waste.

As you know, the Keep America Beautiful affiliate network and our millions of volunteers work to improve their communities in thousands of locations across America. The energy, creativity, and effectiveness of their work strengthen and connect our network through a passion for keeping their communities clean. Through the goals in our new strategic plan, Keep America Beautiful will coordinate national campaigns to end litter and reduce waste, sharing solutions that work with our Keep America Beautiful communities, providing resources, trainings, and technology platforms that allow good ideas to spread rapidly.

As you can see from the chart above, the key outcome metrics for the CLEAN pillar will be determined by the shared intelligence of the Keep America Beautiful network as part of our collective impact work and will be informed by the historical work we have all conducted in these areas. For example, there are core metrics that have been at the heart of our collective work for many years, such as pounds of litter removed in the Great American Cleanup. These results will continue to be at the heart of how we measure our success. However, there are other goals and indicators to which we will also need to align as we consider the downstream impact of the focus initiatives.

I hope you are enjoying our series on the 2021-2025 Keep America Beautiful Strategic Plan. In the next newsletter, we’ll focus on another pillar, GREEN, where we plant trees and nurture green spaces. If you would like to dig into more details of the plan on your own, you can always do so here.

All the best,

Helen

Helen Lowman, PhD

President & CEO

Keep America Beautiful

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Community Appearance Index Survey

The challenges of COVID-19 are immeasurable but yet our affiliate network has continually faced those challenges and continued to (safely) drive forward the health and cleanliness of communities. There have been many innovations in the way communities have gone about completing their Community Appearance Index and we'd love to know how you conducted yours.

We are gathering these innovations to share with the entire network, many of whom are facing obstacles to completing their Index. Please share your story in this survey here by Wednesday, March 24.

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KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL NEWS

Great American Cleanup

The Great American Cleanup is officially underway and we are thrilled to see so many affiliates and volunteers already taking action. As a reminder, we encourage all event organizers, participants, and volunteers to follow local health and safety guidelines. For more information on this year's program, read the press release here.

New this year, we are mailing free cleanup kits to individuals who register on the Keep America Beautiful Volunteer Portal, as supplies last. Kits contain a litter picker, garbage bags, work gloves, scales, and reflective vest. Affiliate events listed on the portal will be shared with EARTHDAY.ORG to display on their event sites.

Additionally, we would like to hear about your events as we'll be using your photos and testimonials to create posts, sponsor reports, and more. If you have volunteer action photos, please upload them to this shared album. Please include your affiliate name in the file titles as we would like to credit your affiliate!

National Conference

Please save the date:

National Conference Event Dates: Nov. 15 – Nov. 17, 2021

Day on the Hill Event Date: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021

• Location: Washington Hilton / 1919 Connecticut Ave. Northwest, Washington, DC

Details, links for hotel reservations, and invitations will follow soon.

EAST REGION NEWS

Keep Aiken County Beautiful in South Carolina kicked off its Great American Cleanup on Saturday, March 20, by picking up litter along four local parkways. More than 100 volunteers collected 195 bags of litter and debris, including 11 tires. Read more.

CENTRAL REGION NEWS

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful is among the partners of the NCAA and Indiana Sports Corp that are contributing to a carbon-neutral March Madness. All venue operations of practices and games during the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship are running entirely on renewable energy. Read more.

WEST REGION NEWS

Two hundred volunteers joined Keep Pearland Beautiful (KPB) in Texas to plant 1,000 native trees on the first day of spring. Through the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup, Aramco Americas provided the KPB with a grant for the project. Read more.

Featured Tools/Resources

Great American Cleanup Toolkit

The 2021 GAC toolkit, containing a sample press release, social posts templates, a guide to litter cleanups during COVID-19, and more, is now available. Click here to download. Visit the Affiliate Dashboard to access the 2021 GAC banner templates. Please email Kaitlyn Dupré with any questions.

Social Media Content Calendar

We have updated our social media content calendar to include April, May, and June. Click here to download. The calendar features a list of national days and months, accompanying hashtags, theme ideas, and one sample post per month.

Lowe’s 100 Hometowns Grant Opportunity

Nominate a project in your hometown today. In celebration of Lowe’s 100th anniversary, Lowe’s has launched 100 Hometowns, an initiative to complete 100 impact projects this year as part of a $10 million commitment to give back to the communities Lowe's serves. The grants will help recipients complete projects to build, repair, beautify, inspire, and improve communities across America. Learn more and share your projects today.

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RECYCLING WORKS

     The People of Luzerne County are recycling at a rate near 50%!  That means the people, businesses and schools of Luzerne County are separating their daily waste and only throwing away half of it.  The rest is going to manufacturing companies to be recycled into new products.  Proof that teamwork from EVERYONE works when it comes to recycling. THANK YOU!

Studies show the average American generates approximately 4 lbs of waste per day.  The PA Department of Environmental Protection [PA DEP] assigns 0.8 ton of waste per person per year.  That figures includes commercial waste.  What we pull out of the waste stream and recycle or reuse is up to each of us.  Businesses and municipalities report recycling tonnage to the state each year.  That’s our recycling %!  Thank you, thank you, Thank you everyone for doing your part.  

Thanks to your efforts the People of Luzerne County are saving natural resources; cutting landfill costs; and creating jobs by Recycling and Reducing our waste!

BUYER BEWARE

    Can the container that a product comes in be recycled?  Think about that the next time you are purchasing something.  Think also if the town you are living in currently accepts this particular item in their recycling program.  Typical items that are acceptable for recycling are plastic #1 & #2 bottles, cardboard, newspapers, glass, aluminum and steel and bi-metallic cans.  Does every town that recycles accept the same items? No, they do not, which is why we suggest calling your local municipality to see what is and isn’t acceptable to place in your recycling container.  Most important is to remember to rinse out your containers and make sure they are free of any liquids or food particles.  By doing this, you help it get farther down the recycling chain instead of spreading contamination, causing  all items to end up in the landfill. 

THREE POWERFUL WORDS MEAN SO MUCH 

     Reduce, Reuse, Recycle..these three words have been the mantra for anyone that has been involved with recycling.  What do these three words really mean? By doing these simple steps you are helping to save the planet by saving our natural resources!  You also help create jobs in material recovery facilities,(MRF), create new products from old ones and most import help "Close-The-Loop" on the whole recycling process!   

WHAT IS MADE FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS?  Toys, playground equipment, notebooks, pens, pencils, filling for sleeping bags, some fleece products, mulch, carpeting, metal appliances, parts for automobiles, bottles, jars and tile are all examples of what can be made from recycling simple items such as plastic, paper, aluminum, steel and glass.  So the next time you go to throw away an item, look for the symbol and take a moment to think what this product was and what this product could be made into.
 

REDUCING LANDFILL COSTS IS SIMPLE MATH

     When you recycle an item you are not throwing it in the garbage.  By removing items such as metals, glass, plastic, newspapers and cardboard from your garbage you are not putting out as many bags. When you put out less for refuse pick up you are paying less. Simply put- Increasing recycling tonnage decreases the cost of waste disposal at a landfill.  Ask anyone who pays for garbage, generally there is either a per bag limit or you are paying a per bag, either way it is costly. 

DID YOU KNOW

  • Yard-waste which includes grass clipping, leaves, branches and shrubs take up 25% of landfill space?  
  • Environmentally friendly ingredients used for cleaning include baking soda, corn starch, lemon juice, salt and vinegar are just a few of the items that almost everyone already has in their home?  Go to https://www.proprecycles.org for more tips on how to use these products.

  • Clay-base kitty litter can be used to solidify paint? Pour enough in can to absorb paint and leave lid off to let dry.
  • Vinegar in a spray bottle works just as well on weeds in sidewalks, driveways and patios-and is safe for the environment.
  • Plastic bags do NOT belong in your recycling bin.  Please take to a local grocery store as many, if not all local stores have a container at the front of the store where you may drop these bags off-for recycling, of course.