Celebrate Keep America Beautiful Month with these 10 Tips

April is Keep America Beautiful Month

Keep America Beautiful® Month in April celebrates the work led by our nearly 700 state and community-based affiliates, local partners, businesses, public officials, and millions of passionate volunteers. As the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, we empower individuals to take greater responsibility for their community environment with a goal of building an America where everyone lives in a beautiful community. Here are 10 ways you can take action in April – and throughout the year – and help create beautiful spaces in your community:

1. Volunteer

The Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup® is the nation’s largest community improvement program focusing on engaging individuals in a grassroots spring-cleaning movement. To join the movement, register as a volunteer on the Keep America Beautiful Volunteer Portal. You can find events near you or clean up a site in your community alone or with a small group of friends. With your registration, we will send you a cleanup kit* – containing a litter picker, garbage bags, work gloves, scale, and reflective vest.

*while supplies last

2. Celebrate the Earth

This Earth Day, April 22, join Keep America Beautiful and our partners, including EARTHDAY.ORG, in tackling the issue of mismanaged waste and making a difference in communities across the country. Now in its third year, The Great Global Cleanup provides opportunities for individuals to make positive, tangible impacts in our environment. Click here to find local cleanups or create your own.

3. Plog

Plogging is an environmental fitness craze in which people integrate the collection of litter within their jogging workout. The official definition of plogging is a blend of the Swedish phrase ‘plocka upp’ (meaning ‘pick up’) and ‘jogging’. Plogging was adopted by Keep America Beautiful because it incorporates the primary areas we address – reducing litter, improving recycling, and beautifying communities – and this healthy activity’s direct connection to our vision of a world that’s clean, green, and beautiful.

To plog, grab a bag, gloves, and a litter picker (if you have one) and pick up litter in your neighborhood, local park, or on a nearby trail or beach. Once completed, be sure to dispose of your litter properly and share your experience on social media.

Thank you to Dart Container Corporation for its continued support of our plogging initiatives.

4. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Take steps to reduce, reuse, and recycle during spring cleaning! You might be surprised to find that many of the items you could have sworn were destined for the garbage or giveaway tables can enjoy a useful second life. We also encourage you to take the #BeRecycled Pledge and show your commitment to reducing, reusing, and recycling at home, work, and on the go.

Additionally, do not forget about your old vehicles during your spring cleaning. The Keep America Beautiful Vehicle Donation Program, through CARS (Charitable Adult Rides & Services), provides an alternate opportunity for you to donate to Keep America Beautiful. It offers a tax-deductible way to dispose of unwanted vehicles (running or not) including cars, trucks, trailers, boats, RVs, motorcycles, campers, off-road vehicles, planes, heavy equipment, farm machinery, and most other motorized vehicles. Vehicle donation pick-up is always free to you and most vehicles can be picked up within 24-72 hours. Click here to learn more and donate.

5. Explore Zero Waste

The Keep America Beautiful webinar series, “Exploring the Transition to Zero-Waste Communities,” brings together businesses, consumers, corporations, elected officials, and more, as well as Keep America Beautiful representatives to explore what a transition to zero-waste communities can look like. The series continues through May 20. Click here to learn more and register.

We also have resources for individuals to explore how to get started on a zero-waste journey. Click here for 6 tips to living a zero-waste lifestyle.

6. Discover and Share Beautiful Moments

Join us as we highlight that even in challenging times, people do beautiful things. From stories to videos to images, discover beautiful moments and share your own here.

7. Get Planting

To celebrate National Arbor Day, which takes place on April 30, consider planting a tree or even a garden in your yard. Trees have many benefits from sequestering carbon and providing oxygen to creating habitats for wildlife and beautifying green spaces. When planting trees or a garden, try to incorporate native species. Native species, including trees, shrubs, and wildflowers, are critical to enhancing biodiversity, rebuilding ecosystems, and supporting pollinator health. 

Click here for additional ways to celebrate Arbor Day.

8. Start a Keep America Beautiful Affiliate

The Keep America Beautiful network of nearly 700 state and community-based affiliates carry out our shared mission at the state, county, and municipal levels. If you are interested in bringing a Keep America Beautiful affiliate to your community, learn more here. We are accepting applications to join our network. We can conduct virtual web conferences to talk about the process further and institute a logical training timeline.

9. Stay in the Know

Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest programs and initiatives, upcoming events, and affiliate highlights.

10. Donate

Donate to Keep America Beautiful to help us continue to make a lasting environmental, economic, and social impact on communities nationwide. To learn more about other ways to support our mission, click here.