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It’s time for the ‘Great American Cleanup

The weather for our Liberty County area can sometimes be very unpredictable.  Sun, cloudy, rain, hot, and cold can all happen in one day.  So, planting things in the garden, planting trees, and planning outdoor outings can be challenging.  

This past weekend Keep Liberty Beautiful gave away 345 trees and over 1500 flower and vegetable seed packages.  

We hope that all of them get planted and grow to enrich our community and our environment.  We all know that spring is coming.   For Keep Liberty Beautiful, that means getting our garden ready for planting. 

 It is also time for the Great American Cleanup!  

The 2021 Great American Cleanup is officially kicking off on March 20, 2021, in Liberty County!  Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading environmental education nonprofit will launch the 23rd Annual Great American Cleanup this spring.  

The Great American Cleanup is the country’s most extensive community improvement program.  

It kicks off each spring and engages more than 4 million volunteers in more than 20,000 communities.  In Liberty County, we participate in this national effort each year because we know how vital a clean community is for our quality of life.  

Across America, organizations like ours will recruit volunteers to engage in litter cleanups, beautify parks, trails, and recreation areas, clean shorelines, and waterways, reduce waste, increase recycling, and remove litter and debris.

Due to COVID-19, we see more and more PPE litter, like gloves and mask on the ground. These are designed to protect us. As litter, it is harming our environment.  

We can only blame litter increases on careless people for not disposing of trash properly.  

This includes people who do not keep their trash can lids adequately shut. Those who use their vehicles, particularly trucks, as mobile trashcans, and individuals who think the ground or streets are trashcans and just toss their litter wherever.  This creates a trashy problem for our community.  The Great American Cleanup (GAC) is one of our efforts to fight litter where it happens.  GAC is the way that we as a community clean up after ourselves.

Volunteer efforts can have a powerful effect on our community. 

Keep America Beautiful cleanup programs help create socially connected, environmentally healthy, and economically sound communities. 

During the Great American Cleanup, the value of volunteer work across the nation averages $175 million in measurable benefits annually in Keep America Beautiful communities. 

Many national sponsors help make annual Great America Cleanup events possible. We appreciate our local partners that sponsor our local cleanups.  Many of our local cities partner with Keep Liberty Beautiful to provide appreciation picnics for volunteers after each citywide cleanup. Also, over 100 businesses, municipalities, churches, civic organizations, schools, and youth groups, as well as individuals, partner with Keep Liberty Beautiful each spring to make our community cleaner and more attractive each year. 

These volunteer groups have a vision for our community: it should be litter-free, attractive, and healthy. These Great American Cleanup activities continue to move us toward that future. 

If you or your group wants to participate in a local citywide cleanup or schedule a neighborhood or group cleanup on a day that works for you, please contact Keep Liberty Beautiful. 

 KLB provides all the cleanup supplies (garbage bags, safety vests, work gloves, and even litter reachers), water, and arrangements for cleanup locations. We also provide official great American Cleanup t-shirts to all registered volunteers. 

Picking up litter is essential, but the powerful statement that individuals in our community make by participating in these efforts is even more valuable. It makes it clear that in Liberty County, litter is NOT acceptable. That message will mean more to someone who litters than any ‘Do Not Litter’ sign ever will. These events, coupled with our Adopt Liberty adopt-a-road cleanups, are our most effective teaching tools to fight litter. 

So, join us in making a statement about who we are as a community.

To register for these upcoming cleanups or form a cleanup group in your neighborhood, contact Keep Liberty Beautiful at (912) 880-4888 or  Make a difference where you live, work, and play.  

Remember, those other four million national volunteers will be counting on you, too!  

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