Despite the many campaigns and programs to help with community cleanup efforts across the United States, one of the largest environmental issues is littering. Fortunately, the non-profit organization Keep America Beautiful launched in 1953, brought the littering issue to light. This non-profit organization has grown to become the largest community improvement organization in the United States with more than 700 state and community based organizations, and more than 1,000 partner organizations. The goal of Keep America Beautiful is to end littering, improve recycling and to beautify American communities.
Here are 5 ways that you, as an individual, can take responsibility in building a beautiful community:
- Volunteer: Register here https://volunteer.kab.org/ to find events near you. With your registration, you will receive a cleanup kit containing a litter picker, garbage bags, work gloves, scale and a reflective vest.
- Celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd by assisting in the Great Global Cleanup. https://www.earthday.org/campaign/cleanup/#map
- Try plogging: Plogging is an environmental fitness craze in which people collect litter while jogging. The official definition of plogging is a blend of the Swedish phrase ‘plocka upp’ (meaning ‘pick up’) and ‘jogging.’
- Reduce, reuse, and recycle: Take steps to reduce, reuse and recycle during spring cleaning. You might be surprised to find that items you thought were for the garbage can actually be recycled or repurposed.
- Even in challenging times, people do beautiful things. Discover beautiful moments and share your own by going to https://kab.org/dobeautifulthings/
For additional information about Keeping America Beautiful, the Bellevue University Library has some wonderful videos and resources. The e-books and videos are hyperlinked for your convenience.
Cash for your trash: Scrap Recycling in America by Carl A. Zimring. E-books on EBSCOHost.
The economics of waste by Richard C. Porter. E-books on EBSCOHost.
Global footprints: Recycle your trash. Bellevue Alexander Street Collection (26 minutes). Please click on the “Online Access” link to view the video.
Green economy: Home recycling. Films on Demand Video (19 minutes) Please click on the “Online Access” link to view the video.
Housing reclaimed: Sustainable homes for next to nothing. By Jessica Kellner. E-Books on EBSCOHost.