Checking Out with Keep Thomas County Beautiful

Keep Thomas County Beautiful launches new initiative for residents to clean up community.

In partnership with its local library, Keep Thomas County Beautiful (KTCB) in Georgia is now offering litter cleanup kits that can be checked out of the library just like checking out books. KTCB said the program at the Thomas County Public Library, which launched on July 6, helps them remain relevant while adapting to current circumstances.

“Since our organization is unable to host larger scale cleanups, we are providing cleanup kits for library patrons to make a difference in their neighborhood, at their favorite outdoor spot, or stretch of roadway on their favorite Sunday drive,” said Julie Murphree, executive director of Keep Thomas County Beautiful.

The cleanup kits come in a tote bag that contains the following: garbage bags, bag holders, safety vests, and gloves. KTCB is encouraging those who check out the kits to send in pictures from their cleanup in exchange for a t-shirt.

Affiliates across the country are also joining KTCB in offering cleanup kits to locals after postponing or canceling in-person cleanup events due to COVID-19. Keep Clark County Beautiful in Ohio, which had to postpone its participation in the Great American Cleanup, is supplying residents with tools, including bags, gloves, litter grabbers, and vests. In Florida, Keep Orlando Beautiful launched a program called Adopt-A-Spot to allow community members to take charge of beautification efforts in their neighborhood. As part of the initiative, KOB is offering litter prevention and graffiti removal packages to volunteers.