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Volunteers keep community turning
Keep Liberty Beautiful
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I may be prejudiced, but I think that Keep Liberty Beautiful has the best volunteers in the county — maybe even in the world.
This week was a special week for us at Keep Liberty Beautiful. As we finish up this 2011 Great American Cleanup period, we will celebrate with the annual volunteer appreciation party, which honors those who’ve helped out this year.
Individuals, businesses, civic groups and other organizations are the backbone of our community program.
Without volunteers, KLB essentially would be nothing. Our volunteers rock!
Each year more than 2,000 people volunteer their time to clean up, fix things, plant greenery and help recycle in our community. These things don’t just happen — it takes people to make a difference.
Since February, more than 1,200 volunteers planted hundreds of trees and flowers, cleaned up more than 50 miles of roads, campuses and green spaces, and recycled several tons of electronics and other household hazardous-waste items in addition to the usual recycling items, like plastics, cans and paper.
Each quarter, Win-Dex Award winners make special efforts to make their businesses more attractive.
Hundreds of volunteers create more awareness for issues like storm-water pollution, litter prevention and recycling through school programs, educational placemats, Earth Day and America Recycles Day.
Our Adopt Liberty groups take care of their designated areas each quarter.
Our Recycle It! Fair volunteers make sure we have options for safely removing items that could pose environmental hazards, such as electronics, paint and batteries.  
During the fall, hundreds of Rivers Alive volunteers cleaned up more than 26 areas around creeks, rivers, marshes and beaches. Volunteers promoted recycling in November for America Recycles Day.
During the holidays, we reminded folks that “going green” can be really tasty with our organic cookie decorating booth at Christmas in the Park. After Christmas, we recycled hundreds of Christmas trees so the tree mulch could be used again.
More than 125 businesses and groups partnered with Keep Liberty Beautiful this year in addition to the thousands of individuals who have made a difference in the community.
There’s not enough space to list them all here, but we’re incredibly grateful to every business, restaurant, store, club, organization and group that supported us. You are all wonderful!
Also, we all owe a sincere thanks to the volunteers on our Keep Liberty Beautiful advisory board for their faithful efforts. Your hard work is much appreciated.
Now back to business. Our next Recycle It! Fair is Saturday, June 4. These quarterly recycling events are for the collection of electronics and household hazardous-waste items.
Our partners for these regular events are Goodwill Industries and Coastal Auto and Recycling. Goodwill accepts electronics for recycling and gently used household appliances and goods, hardback books, clothing and other things that can be re-used. Coastal Auto accepts car batteries, used motor oil and antifreeze. We also accept household paint (in sealed cans with no rust), ink and toner cartridges, cell phones, household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and CFLs. These items can be dropped off from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the corner of Oglethorpe Highway and Carter Street in Hinesville.
This quarter, we also will have KLB reusable tote bags and vegetable seeds for those who bring items in. So round up those recyclables and pay us a visit!
For information, call Keep Liberty Beautiful at 880-4888 or email

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