Public invited to celebrate 30 years with KPB
Three decades. That’s how long Keep Pickens Beautiful has been the driving force behind litter reduction, recycling efforts, beautification projects and solid waste management in the community – and they want to celebrate with you.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, KPB is inviting the community out to their 30th anniversary celebration at Lee Newton Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is meant to thank members of the community who have supported the non-profit over the years and to share their mission and history with people who might not know who they are. Everyone is
invited. You do not need to be a member but after hearing more about the program forms will be on-hand for you to sign up.
As a gift to the community that has supported them KPB is providing lunch for free, but people must RSVP no later than Monday, Sept. 23 to guarantee a meal. If you miss the RSVP deadline KPB would still love to see you there, but lunch would not be guaranteed.
KPB, an affiliate of Keep Georgia Beautiful and an all-volunteer organization, has implemented numerous programs over the last 30 years, and was instrumental in decreasing solid waste in the community after a state-mandate was initiated in the mid 90s that required a 25-percent reduction. They were also involved with development with the recycling center on Cove Road.
Some of KPB’s programs that support their mission statement include:
•Adopt a Road - Members of the community (people, families, or businesses) register to pick up the trash on a section of road in the county.
•Green Thumb – Residents are awarded for nicely maintaining their property.
•Green Ribbon - Award to businesses for nicely maintaining their property, reducing their waste or other negative impacts on the environment, or any other effort that deserves recognition.
•Beautification - A variety of projects throughout the community including murals, plantings (such as trees in front of the county offices and memorial gardens near the Pickens Chamber of Commerce), projects like painting the fence at the playground in Roper Park, and many others.
•Great American Clean-Up & the Tire Amnesty Program - National effort through Keep America Beautiful during the month of April. The non-profit has hosted many programs throughout the years to encourage clean-ups and other efforts, including the tire amnesty where each family can bring four tires to the recycling center on Cove Road for free. They collect hundreds of tires each year.
•Other programs - Bring one to the Chipper (people can bring their Christmas trees to be chipped for free to keep them out of the landfills), efforts in the school system (poster contests, recycling programs, educational programs, support of their outdoor classrooms), shredder truck, which comes a few times a year for people to bring volumes of paper to be shredded on site, Festival of Trees at the library where they sponsor a tree and kids make ornaments from recycled materials.
•Supporting community events, mostly through recycling - JeepFest, Marble Fest, Heritage Days, Tate Days, road races, the Cornbread Reunion, and any other events in the county that would like recycling bins or some other form of collaboration.