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Keep Liberty Beautiful: Spring gardening and cleaning up with our friends
Karen Bell
Keep Liberty Beautiful Executive Director Karen Bell.

Dr. Karen Bell

Keep Liberty Beautiful

The first day of Spring has come, and you are now starting to see more people getting out in their gardening. My grandson, Bryce, and I have already started planning where to locate our garden.

I see more people out walking and enjoying outside activities. We must keep our community clean as we make things green and beautiful.

As a Keep America Beautiful affiliate since 1983, Keep Liberty Beautiful believes in educating our community and providing volunteer opportunities to participate in the KLB programs. These programs focus on ending litter, increasing recycling and waste reduction, beautifying our community, and stormwater pollution and water conservation education. We aim to inspire community leaders, civic and business leaders, and local residents to create a vibrant community that is attractive, clean, and green. We want Liberty County residents to be excited about the appearance and health of their environment.

Keep Liberty Beautiful is preparing for our 40th Anniversary of serving the Liberty County Community. We are so excited to show off our Reading Garden and all the old photos we found of Keep Liberty Beautiful past. We hope you can join us on April 5, 2023, at our KLB Office, 9397 East Oglethorpe Hwy, Midway. We have an open house from 11 a.m.–3 p.m., with a ribbon cutting at noon.

We will have food, giveaways, and lots of fun.

Keep Liberty Beautiful embraces the goal of Keep America Beautiful: To engage individuals in taking greater responsibility for improving their community environment.

Keep America Beautiful (KAB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to community improvement through litter prevention, waste reduction/recycling, and beautification. KAB was founded in 1953 and has grown into the nation’s leading community involvement organization, with more than 1,200 local affiliates and participating organizations.

So not only do we need to make sure Liberty County is green and beautiful, but we must keep it that way by not littering.

Litter is any piece of misplaced solid waste. It can range in size from tiny bits of paper to large appliances and automobiles. There are about 3.8 million miles of roadway across the country, maintained by national, state, and county. The most frequently counted littered items worldwide are cigarette butts, paper, and plastic.

Great American Cleanup has started, and it goes from now to June. All the GAC are from 9 a.m. to noon and Allenhurst GAC is on April 1, meeting at the City Hall. The cities of Flemington, Walthourville, Riceboro, and Gum Branch GAC is on April 22. The City of Hinesville and Liberty County GAC is on April 29. We hope you can join one or more of the cleanups.

We can all help. The following is a list of things you can do in our community to promote litter prevention:

 1. Share with others, like your family, neighbors, and co-workers, on properly disposing of litter.

2. Encourage civic clubs, youth groups, sports teams, and church groups that you and your family members support to become involved in cleanup and recycling projects.

3. Look for ways to beautify your neighborhood and community. Areas that are maintained and attractive are littered less, and research shows that they are usually safer, too.

4. Ensure an adequate number of appropriately placed containers for garbage disposal in your workplace. Make sure that designated smoking areas have receptacles for cigarette butts, too. KLB has a free wall or stand-alone cigarette receptacles available. Cigarette butts can take from two to twenty years to decompose. They are also a disgusting litter problem. 

5. At community and sports events, look for containers to dispose of snack wrappers and drink containers. Do not just throw them on the ground.

When Liberty County is green, beautiful, and litter-free, that makes a powerful statement! Help us Keep Liberty Beautiful! Contact us at (912) 8804888 or klcb@libertycountyga. com or visit www.keeplibertybeautiful. org for more information.

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