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Cigarette Litter Prevention Program

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Cigarette Buds are the #1 form of litter in the United States and many individuals are uniformed of the hazards effects it has on the community. Keep Greenville County Beautiful was awarded a $5,000 Cigarette Litter Prevention Grant to inform the community of this issue.KGCB is now excited to partner with Greenlink to place cigarette butt receptacles at system bus shelters and will launch a broad anti-litter advertising campaign.This partnership with Greenlink will enable us to have an immediate measurable impact on curbing cigarette litter in our community.

 

I want to be a bike. Recycle me!

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Keep Greenville County Beautiful joins the ‘I want to be a bike, recycle me!” campaign to teach people the importance of recycling.

HOG Day Events

KGCB is participating in two HOG day events on Saturday, May 3, 2014 – so take your pick!

1. 8am – 12pm Mills Mill Community Cleanup See Flyer: Mills Mill Clean-Up Flyer
https://goo.gl/maps/M8iCo

2. 9am-12pm Hands on Greenville/KGCB Great American Clean-up:
Happy Hearts Community Center
315 Loup Street Greenville, SC 29609
https://goo.gl/maps/cG57e

Tree Planting- Feb 8th

Conestee Tree Planting set for Dec. 7, 2013

Saturday, December 7th 2013 was game day for the Conestee Community and they stepped up to the plate and shined in a big way! Through a partnership between Keep Greenville County Beautiful and Greenville County, the Conestee community was the recipient of a Palmetto Pride Tree Grant. Over 30 community volunteers gathered to plant 68 trees and shrubs, and picked up (at least) 12 bags of roadside litter in honor of South Carolina Arbor Day.

Identified in the recently adopted Conestee Community Plan, this community improvement project focused on beautifying Conestee Road by planting street trees, landscaping around community welcome signs, and picking up litter. I believe that the real success of this event can be measured by the amount of volunteers that participated with over 30 local residents, 6 local businesses, 4 non-profit organizations, and 3 local government agencies donating their time and resources.  I would like to thank Victory Chapel Baptist church for bringing out the volunteers, Thomas Brothers Landscaping for the beautiful shrubs, Old Mill Café for the delicious hotdog lunch, Dunkin Donuts for the coffee, Greenville Turf and Tractor for the use of the Gator, Trees Greenville for technical support, Belmont Fire District for clean-up and watering, Greenville Rec for auguring holes and providing tools, and the Conestee Foundation for mulch and much more.  I hope I’m not missing anyone so thanks to everyone who helped out!

It was this broad-based community involvement that made this event so tremendous. Yes, the trees and shrubs will help to beautify this neighborhood for many years to come, and the stately community welcome signs will help to establish a positive community identity, but they are just vehicles to accomplish the greater goals of developing community pride.  As everyone experienced first-hand on Saturday, the pride generated from volunteering your time, resources, and expertise and by rolling up your sleeves to plant a tree, in the end, becomes about much, much more than the tangible results of just planting a tree.  In many ways this event revived the roots of the larger “Community Tree”, a tree that has many leaves and branches that reach out far and wide, but just needed a little nurturing to reestablish the roots so that it could begin to grow and thrive once again.

In community planning, it is our job to interpret the community’s vision and then facilitate, organize, empower the community to take action.   It is very rewarding to help plan and organize such a significant event, but seeing the proud faces of those residents who participated, and witnessing relationships strengthening among residents and local organizations was the true reward for me, for it is the strong relationships that will empower the community and enable sustained success. December 7th 2013 was a great day to be a planner and public servant in Greenville County!

Yes, this event was about much more than planting trees and picking up litter, it was about building community pride and establishing the roots for future community-led initiatives.  I, for one, look forward to seeing the fruit of which this resilient and revived “Community Tree” will bear.

Clothing Drive

Second Annual Community Garden Symposium


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America Recycles Day

Please stop by and celebrate America Recycles Day at Whole Foods  on Woodruff Rd, Friday, November 15th from 10am-3pm. Learn  more about recycling programs your area from Wendy McNatt,  Recycling Coordinator of Greenville County Solid Waste Division.

Electronics and Television Recycling Day

Sponsored by the City of Greenville Solid Waste Division, the collection center will be located at 360  S. Hudson Street. Free to City residents and businesses, the following items are accepted: computer  monitors, keyboards, mice, CPUs, etc. (all things that plug into a computer), televisions. Items may  be brought to 360 S. Hudson Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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