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Reconnecting with the Great Outdoors

By: Mary Jean Yon, Executive Director, on April 30, 2017

  This time of year is so exciting as people all over the nation participate in the Great American Cleanup and show their love and appreciation for the places where they live, work, visit and play. We've always known that engaging people in these cleanup events helps to strengthen the bond with our natural environment. We strive...Read more

Make an Impact, Make a Difference

By: Angela Spears on February 22, 2017

Volunteer for The Great American CleanupKeep Florida Beautiful (KFB) is getting ready for the national Great American Cleanup, which is sponsored by Keep America Beautiful as a way to launch service projects in communities throughout the state. As part of that effort, Florida Affiliates also join forces with the Florida Department of Transportation’s DRIVE IT HOME –...Read more

Give Gadgets a New Life

By: Elizabeth Bartlett on December 21, 2016

Each year, as technology gets faster and sleeker, people decide whether to hold on to their beloved device for a little bit longer, or jump on the bandwagon and buy the newest, coolest gadget that is all the buzz. Regardless of where you fall in this spectrum, the three R’s (Reduce-Reuse-Recycle) can be applied to electronics.ReduceThe...Read more

Holiday Gift Recycling

By: Angela Spears on December 14, 2016

Tips for Wrapping Paper, Bags, Boxes and BowsIt is the holiday season. That, of course, means family, friends and a lot of fun. Many people are spending a few extra hours shopping for that perfect gift for their loved ones. Presentation is a big part of the gift give-away. Will you put your gift in a decorative bag or...Read more

The Importance of Clean Recyclables

By: Elizabeth Bartlett on October 19, 2016

People in Florida have been recycling for a long time. Many of us started out old school.  We collected materials in our homes and dutifully drove to the recycling center to lovingly separate and deposit our carefully tied newspaper in the big roll-off; our corrugated cardboard in the other big roll-off; our steel and aluminum cans in each of...Read more

International Coastal Cleanup Day – September 17, 2016

By: Mary Jean Yon, Executive Director, on August 30, 2016

Did you know there are 1,350 miles of coastline surrounding Florida? Many people work hard to keep those beaches and coastal areas looking their best for Floridians and visitors. On September 17, 2016, many of the Florida affiliates will participate in the Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) and join forces with groups worldwide to shine a bright light on...Read more

The Impact of Littering in our Communities

By: Angela Spears on August 19, 2016

Take a Stand to Change Behaviors and AttitudesWhen you see someone throw trash out of a car window, what is your immediate reaction? How do you feel when you see litter in your neighborhood or on your street? The impact of littering does more than raise your frustration level. It can harm the environment, pets, and wildlife. Did...Read more

Fighting Blight in the Community

By: Angela Spears on July 26, 2016

One city's campaign to keep its neighborhoods clean. What is Blight?Blight - (noun) an ugly, neglected, or rundown condition of an urban area.It’s hard not to notice when trash or old tires are piled up on the side of the road. What about old furniture and mattresses thrown on the curb? ...Read more

5 Tips for a Sustainable Summer

By: Keep Florida Beautiful Team on July 12, 2016

The average person generates 4.3 pounds of waster per day.Approximately 55% of 220 million tons of waste generate each year in the United States ends up in one of the over 3,500 landfills. As we get into the swing of summer it is a good time to start implementing ways to have a more sustainable summer. We want to share with you a...Read more

Why do people litter?

By: Mary Jean Yon, Executive Director, on July 08, 2016

Why Do People Litter...What is it that makes people think it is o.k. to litter? Is it a matter of personal choice or a misplaced belief that somebody else will come along and pick up after them? Litter studies show that 85% of littering behavior is the result of individual attitudes and all too often those individuals are under...Read more

Red, White, Blue… and Recycling

By: Angela Spears on June 29, 2016

Red, white and blue will be prominent this holiday weekend as we get ready for the July 4th holiday. Many of us will proudly celebrate our country’s independence. That celebration will take families to backyard cookouts, picnics in the park and fun at the beach. Here’s a little tip for how to handle that “after...Read more

Cigarette Butts Are Litter Too!

By: Mary Jean Yon, Executive Director, on June 20, 2016

Did you know that cigarette butts are one of the most littered items in Florida? Dropping a cigarette butt on the ground, flicking it out of a car window or tossing it into a waterway is considered littering no matter how you slice it.In addition to the esthetic damage this form of litter causes, there is also a threat...Read more

10 Ways to Reduce Waste

By: Keep Florida Beautiful Team on June 01, 2016

The average person generates 4.3 pounds of waste per day. 55% of 220 million tons of waste generated in the U.S. ends up in more than 3,500 landfills each year. There are many ways to help reduce your daily waste that can help you save time and money later, all while making the Earth a better place. By incorporating these ten simple steps...Read more

Going Green at the Office

By: Mary Jean Yon, Executive Director, on May 23, 2016

So you recycle at home but what about work? With so much time spent in the office, there are plenty of opportunities to go green! Florida’s goal is to reach a 75% recycling rate by 2020, and with 18 counties already at a 50% or higher rate, we are well on our way! Getting more businesses involved with this goal is...Read more

Let’s Reuse It

By: Mary Jean Yon, Executive Director, on May 10, 2016

We hear the phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” all of the time and often we tend to focus on the third “R” as we encourage people to recycle.  But what about that second “R” and the aspect of reusing materials? To get one or more uses out of something that may have been destined...Read more

Arbor Day - April 29, 2016

By: Mary Jean Yon, Executive Director, on April 26, 2016

Since its founding in 1872, Arbor Day has functioned as a day of observance to celebrate the pivotal role trees play in human life. The holiday was established in the 1800s after its founder, Julius Sterling Morton, discovered a lack of trees throughout his home state of Nebraska.  Ultimately, Morton’s care and passion for the environment fostered his...Read more

Florida Celebrates Earth Day

By: Mary Jean Yon, Executive Director, on April 19, 2016

Each year on April 22, Earth Day is celebrated all around the world.  In more than 192 countries, more than a billion people gather each year to celebrate, take action, and demonstrate support for environmental protection.  Earth Day is the largest celebrated secular holiday observed around the world, focusing on environmental change and growth.From our parks, to beaches, to...Read more

Clean Your Block Party

By: Mary Jean Yon, Executive Director, on March 01, 2016

Every spring Floridians participate in the national Great American Cleanup (GAC), sponsored by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) which launches service projects in communities everywhere. Florida KAB affiliates mobilize volunteers to remove litter and debris from roadways and waterways and often plant trees, flowers and gardens to improve a community’s appearance while also emphasizing the importance of behavior...Read more

Recycle Mania

By: Mary Jean Yon, Executive Director, on January 19, 2016

 Competition. There’s a certain magic to it. The thrill of the hunt. The desire to win. The inability to look away and not get caught up in it. It happens all the time in sports, in business, at the work place…even in the world of recycling.Coming soon to a college or university near...Read more

The Perfect Time to Recycle

By: Mary Jean Yon, Executive Director, on December 15, 2015

The holidays are here and are marked by a time of celebrating, decorating, giving and enjoying time with family and friends. It’s also a time to remember and practice the three R’s…Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tells us that “From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day,...Read more

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