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Be That Ray of Sunshine

By: Angela Spears on November 01, 2018

Practice the R’s after the Storm Many people are still recovering from Hurricane Michael. We know the storm made a deadly and devasting impact on the Panhandle and in many small communities in Bay, Gulf and Jackson Counties. The damage is unbelievable. It’s been almost a month and some people still do not have their...Read more

Our Youth Engaging Their Peers

By: Angela Spears on September 25, 2018

You’ve probably seen the pictures of debris on our roadways and in our waterways. More than likely you’ve seen the trash first-hand. That litter on our streets can contribute to accidents. The trash in our seas can kill marine life. Let’s end littering. Let’s take action! Let’s get involved, volunteer...Read more

What Goes Up Must Come Down

By: Mary Jean Yon, Executive Director, on July 02, 2018

The Fourth of July is a day of celebration, family, friends, picnics, parades… you name it. And for the most part, the day typically concludes with fireworks displays as we commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence that occurred on July 4, 1776. Then, there’s July 5 - the day  we look around and realize what a...Read more

The Great American Cleanup/Trash-Off - It is Never Too Late!

By: Mary Jean Yon, Executive Director, on April 30, 2018

A little over 20 years ago, somebody at Keep America Beautiful (KAB) had a pretty good idea. “Hey, let’s organize the biggest cleanup ever and get everybody to come out and pick up trash and make their community look great. We’ll call it the Great American Cleanup!”Fast forward to 2018 and it is easy to...Read more

Put the Three R’s into Action

By: Angela Spears on December 19, 2017

This is a busy week for many people. They are wrapping up projects at work and school. They are doing that extra cleaning around the house as they prepare for visits from family and friends. During your holiday festivities, please take time to educate others about reducing, reusing and recycling. You don’t have to do it through constantly...Read more

Take the Pledge

By: Angela Spears on October 31, 2017

Many of us hear about recycling in our community. We hear about the benefits such as reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills, saving energy and sustaining the environment for future generations. But, as America Recycles Day approaches on Nov. 15, how can we really make a change and encourage others to put items in the recycle bin?We have...Read more

Adventures Abroad - Recycling in South Korea

By: Keep Florida Beautiful Team on July 16, 2017

When our KFB Intern, Parker Bledsoe, graduated from FSU, he traveled to South Korea to gain experience abroad. In this post, Parker shares some valuable insights on recycling.  When I moved to Gwangju, South Korea in the summer of 2016, I expected to face many of the challenges that normally come with living in a new country.  I...Read more

Youth Leading the Way to a Greener Florida

By: Angela Spears on July 06, 2017

Students across the state are enjoying time off for the summer. They’ve temporarily put the books away. But, the education continues. Many are researching volunteer opportunities. We are happy to report that many students are learning about the benefits of keeping Florida clean, green and beautiful. They realize the negative effects of littering. Littering creates an eye sore...Read more

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

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