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Keep Liberty Beautiful: Cigarette litter prevention holiday kick-off
Karen Bell
Keep Liberty Beautiful Executive Director Karen Bell.

In November, one of Keep Liberty Beautiful’s primary focuses is on recycling. This year, we also pushed the Liberty County Proud and Beautiful program.

 Keep Liberty Beautiful, partnered with Keep Savannah Beautiful, Keep McIntosh Beautiful, Keep Camden Beautiful, Keep Pembroke Beautiful, Tybee Clean Beach Volunteers, the City of Tybee Island, University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, and Keep Golden Isles Beautiful utilizing a $20,000 Keep America Beautiful cigarette litter prevention program grant. The grant was used to place cigarette butt receptacles and launch a targeted coastal educational outreach initiative.

This is the third year that Keep Liberty Beautiful participated in the GEORGIA’S COAST IS NOT AN ASHTRAY campaign. With the grant, we offered free cigarette butt receptacles to any business or organization that needed one. If you need one in your area, please contact us. We still have some left, and when you recycle your first bag of cigarette butts, you will receive a T-shirt. Contact the KLB office (912) 8804888 or visit our web page at www.keeplibertybeautiful. org for more information.

Another thing all the counties did was use branded drink coasters at local establishments to reach a targeted population with educational information discouraging the littering of cigarette butts. The following 15 Liberty County restaurants participated in using the drink coasters:

• Pizza Peddler

• Smokin’ Pig BBQ Joint

• Melody’s Coastal Café

• Captain Joe’s Seafood Midway

• Split Fin Brewery

• The Cozy Bean Neighborhood Coffee House

• Sawadee Thai Restaurant • Good to Go Jamaican Restaurant

• Angie’s Diner

• Sunbury Crab Company • Panera Bread

• Izola’s Country Cafe

• Tropical Smoothie Café

• Waffle House

• The Brickwall Cafe We are so grateful for each restaurant’s support.

When visiting any of these establishments, take your photo with a coaster and tag Keep Liberty Beautiful on Facebook to receive a Georgia’s Coast Is Not an Ashtray T-shirt or a KLB giveaway while supplies last. Keeping more items out of the landfills and reusing things helps our environment so much.

Recycling helps us to convert wasted materials into new materials and objects. America Recycles Day was Nov. 15, but we take the month of November to encourage more of our citizens to recycle all year long.

Recycling preserves our energy, helps lower greenhouse gas emissions, prevents the waste of potentially useful materials, reduces the consumption of fresh raw materials, and reduces the amount going to landfills.

Every year we provide resources for our students and teachers in the Liberty County School System.

Due to COVID-19, we tried to do as much as possible virtually, including the placemats. We also conducted some recycling contests, which allowed the children and teachers to show off their knowledge, creativity, and skills about recycling. For our America Recycles Day Initiatives, we had the following winners: Recycling Door Decorating Contest

• Stacy Koerner, Lyman Hall Elementary School, 4th Grade, Room #C35 (overall winner) — Amazon gift card and classroom pizza party

• Lacey Bitzer, Joseph Elementary School, Kindergarten, Room #149 — Target gift card

• Sarah Johnson, Liberty Elementary School, Kindergarten, Room# 219 — Amazon gift card

Recycle Video Contest

• Aiden Winslow (winner) — Amazon gift card

Trailer Wrap Design Contest

• Akura Miranda (participant) — Amazon gift card

• Deja Strowbridge (participant) — Amazon gift card

• Nikaylah Coprick (KLB Mission Category winner) — Amazon gift card Coastal Courier Halloween Costume Contest sponsored by KLB

• Best Recycled Costume Category — Britta D’ Angelo created an excellent VHS Monster piece using VHS materials.

#Berecycled Pledge & America Recycles Day Placemats Everyone still has the opportunity to win a KLB Recycle prize, now until the end of November. Go to our Facebook page to take the pledge and read the America Recycles Day Placemat. Everyone can recycle and make a difference in our community. Take the Be Recycled Pledge today and start with one thing, or you can pledge to recycle more. Just know what you recycle today could be something we use in the future. If you have any questions or need to contact us about KLB programs, please call us at (912) 880-4888 or email klcb@libertycountyga. com.

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