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Keep Liberty Beautiful: Litter prevention and water can make a difference
Karen Bell
Keep Liberty Beautiful Executive Director Karen Bell.

Dr. Karen Bell

Keep Liberty Beautiful

Keep Liberty Beautiful has a mission to promote awareness and achieve a reduction of litter in Liberty County and Fort Stewart. The Liberty County Proud and Beautiful program is a great avenue for that. One of our main events to help us with this goal during October is Rivers Alive!

On Make a Difference Day, which is an annual event on the fourth Saturday in October, Keep Liberty Beautiful holds Liberty County’s main Rivers Alive cleanup.

This year, that day is on October 28, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Rivers Alive is our way in the fall of helping to care for our community by taking care of our local waterways. Rivers Alive is a statewide effort to preserve and protect our waterways in Georgia.

Rivers Alive is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division’s Environmental Outreach Program. Rivers Alive events are also part of the international efforts of The Ocean Conservancy.

KLB and SNF will provide all the cleanup supplies, snacks, and water for our hardworking volunteers. Participating cities and the County are providing lunch for their volunteers. We will also have T-shirts for volunteers as supplies last. To sign up, use this link: https://rb.gy/080os, or call the KLB office.

One of the most littered items that we find during our cleanups is discarded cigarette butts.

These butts negatively impact land litter, which is bad enough because wildlife can also mistake them for food and eat them. Cigarette butts are blown into storm drains or tossed directly into water sources; this toxic litter becomes marine debris, leaking chemicals into our waterways. With coastal Georgia’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the abundance of streams, rivers, lakes, creeks, salt and freshwater marshes, and ponds, cigarette litter can devastate all bodies of water.

Because cigarette butts are so small, some people do not think they are littering. We are working with businesses throughout Liberty County to place Free cigarette butt receptacles in their area.

We then ask the owners to collect and dispose of the cigarette waste properly or ship them off to be recycled.

With the Liberty County Proud and Beautiful cigarette litter prevention program, we can:

• Offer two types of free cigarette waste receptacles: Stand alone and wall or pole-mounted

• Place cigarette waste receptacle educational signage and signage in critical locations and distribute pocket and car cigarette butt containers.

• Provide outreach awareness about cigarette litter prevention through radio public service announcements, local and social media promotions, including one-minute educational videos, and unique drink coaster outreach in local restaurants and bar establishments.

We invite all businesses in Liberty County to request a cigarette waste receptacle if they need one while supplies last.

We are also looking for CLPS = Cigarette Litter Prevention Squad volunteers. This group of volunteers would visit the business, help empty the cigarette waste receptacles, and ship the cigarettes off for recycling. If you would like to be involved, contact us at Keep Liberty Beautiful at email klcb@libertycountyga. com or call (912) 880-4888. You can also go to our website, keeplibertybeautiful. org, for information on all our upcoming events and programs.

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