Great American Cleanup® 2022: A Look at the Work Done by KAB and its Affiliates & Volunteers
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(Updated June 22, 2022) – Today, the Great American Cleanup® comes to a close, and we want to share some of the highlights of this year’s efforts across the country, tracked through our social media channels. From posts and videos to national TV appearances, Keep America Beautiful thanks everyone who made this year a remarkable success as we work to clean, green, and beautify America together.
SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS
March 21: Today kicks off the first day of the Great American Cleanup! We’re working together with our neighbors from across the nation to build an America where everyone lives in a beautiful community. Sign up now!
March 22: GAC IS UP AND PLOGGING! – KAB, along with Keep South Carolina Beautiful and Keep North Carolina Beautiful, hosted ‘Plogging on the Beach’ at the Carolina Recycling Association conference in Myrtle Beach, SC. Cigarette butts, fireworks, clothing, plastic bottle caps, aluminum cans, and much more were found. And our East Region Director Mallory plogged into Brittany and her family from Wisconsin. Thank you to this family for doing beautiful things for the environment during Great American Cleanup 2022!
March 23: Kicking off Great American Cleanup 2022, Wednesday’s conversation about litter in Gwinnett, GA was insightful and hopefully only the beginning of many more communities across the country having a similar conversation.
April 4: CLEANUP KIT: Did you know the FREE cleanup kit for the Great American Cleanup contains a litter picker, gloves, vest, scale, and liners? And, yes, it’s all free when you sign-up for an event here!: http://ow.ly/ZKFH50IzZL8 Pictured with a litter picker at a cleanup event this weekend is Tom Waldeck. Tom serves as President & CEO of Keep Phoenix Beautiful and is on the Board of Directors for Keep America Beautiful.
April 6: My husband and I are doing our second annual community cleanup. Unfortunately, it’s just the two of us for a two mile stretch of road. It’s ok though. It’s gets us outside and everything looks so nice once we’re finished. – EM Mullens on Facebook
April 22: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: While cleanups are happening all across the country for GAC, we hope you’ll SHARE with us about your cleanup efforts! Thank you to Alison Sinclair from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Piedmont Office for sharing photos from 2 cleanups – one along a portion of their Adopt-A-Highway stretch near Richmond, Virginia, and another around a small public lake.
April 23: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: While cleanups are happening all across the country for GAC, we hope you’ll SHARE with us about your cleanup efforts! Thank you to Ryan in Hamilton, Michigan for reaching out to share this: “I’m heavily involved in trail running and I ALWAYS carry bag(s) on me. This week, I picked up over 30 pounds of garbage, including roof tiles, along some of my runs.”Thank you, Ryan!Please share your cleanup photos and details here in the comments or email KAB Director of Communications, Abby Turpin, at email@example.com.
April 24: FREE CLEANUP KITS for the Great American Cleanup are being mailed out! Pictured ready to help at her mom’s cleanup event is the daughter of KAB Director of Communications, Abby Turpin. Join them and so many others across the country – register to volunteer (for a planned affiliate event or for a cleanup on your own) and then sign-up for the FREE cleanup kit here: http://ow.ly/XBRR50IQQMw
April 25: Great things are happening in Iowa: Our Director of Communications saw 2 people picking up litter along a street in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Sunday and went back to get this photo and say thank you! Jennifer and Ainsley told Abby Turpin they were out there because it’s the “right thing to do.” Thank you, Jennifer and Ainsley, from KAB!
April 26: Great things are happening in Michigan: This group took part in the Allen Park Beautification Commission Good Neighbor Saturday cleanup event for the Great American Cleanup on April 23rd. They used the KAB CLEANUP KITS and collected about 30 50-gallon trash bags worth of litter! They already have more cleanup events scheduled for May, June, August, September, and October. Thank you to this group in Allen Park, Michigan and to the Allen Park Beautification Commission for all the work they do!
April 26: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: Keep America Beautiful-Newark partnered with Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District and others to clean and beautify the city with ‘Earth Day In the Coast!’Over 30 volunteers collected about 30 bags of litter in 42-gallon plastic bags, and they painted planters and planted flowers in the Lincoln Park Sustainable Community Garden. THANK YOU to all of the volunteers and to these partners who made this great Earth Day event happen: City of Newark, NJ – City Hall Mars Wrigley Whole Foods Market Whole Cities Foundation Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission Integrity House
April 27: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: On Earth Day, Keep Bamberg County Beautiful in South Carolina kicked off its two-day Great American Cleanup event by visiting Denmark-Olar Elementary School. About 71 students from grades 1st-5th participated in Great American Cleanup activities. The next day, about 59 volunteers collected about 1,850 pounds of litter for their Great American Cleanup event in the area. Thank you from Keep America Beautiful to these amazing volunteers!
April 27: Sharing a post from our friends at Keep Blount Beautiful: Last Saturday, Save Our Smokies, Inc hosted the largest single-day cleanup event in the history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, along with 9 partnering organizations and 8 supporting businesses. All together, 204 hard-working volunteers picked up 4,614 lbs of litter in the park!
April 28: In celebration of Earth Day, the GIANT Company partnered with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and Keep Centre County Beautiful in refurbishing the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority’s compost demonstration site; adding raised pollinator garden beds, embankment stabilization, planting juniper shrubs and mulching. What a great effort on such an important day! Thank you from Keep America Beautiful to these volunteers.
April 28: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: The Blight Busters of Gwinnett Litter Cleanup & Quality of Life Volunteer Group in Georgia did a litter cleanup along a stretch of road in Snellville on April 17th, where they hauled in 20 bags of trash, 12 tires, a car rim, a child’s backpack, 2 pipes, a wheelbarrow, 2 household doors, a construction barrel, a suitcase, 14 cardboard boxes, 3 illegal bandit signs, and a 5-gallon bucket!579 total pounds and 3,338 pieces of debris were removed!This group typically does 2 to 3 cleanups A WEEK, and we couldn’t be more grateful for what they do to clean up their community. From Keep America Beautiful, we thank you!
April 28: Keep America Beautiful affiliate Keep Conway Beautiful in South Carolina has come up with a great way to educate all-around! They have placed litter cleanup kits at the local library. The kits are used to clean a safe area of a volunteer’s choosing. (Pictured is 12-year-old Colton Hardwick.) They ask the volunteer to dispose of the garbage/recycling and return the kit to the library. Once returned, the volunteer gets a free tote. The local hardware store donated the buckets, and PalmettoPride donated the cleanup supplies. From KAB – thank you to everyone involved in this great program!
April 29: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: On Saturday, the St. John’s River Cleanup was held at the C.S. Lee Seminole County Park in Florida. 33 people showed up to collect, sort, and recycle an estimated 280 pounds of waste from the river. The Solid Waste Management Division also gave a tour of their two facilities to 22 school children, teachers, and parents, teaching them about the importance of proper waste management.
May 2: Great things are happening in Massachusetts: Keep Salem Beautiful has reported that 150+ volunteers collected over 2,000 pounds of litter throughout Salem during the 1st annual Great Salem Cleanup!
We love sharing this news. Thank you to the volunteers!
May 3: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: KAB affiliate Keep Akron Beautiful had 184 volunteers come out last weekend for a cleanup at Summit Lake, collecting 8,400 pounds of trash and 72 tires! That total also included trash collected from a cleanup at Haley Run’s on Friday.
Thank you to all the volunteers for helping clean, green, and beautify the Akron area!
May 4: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: We love seeing all the photos from this past weekend’s efforts by so many to clean, green, and beautify America! Some Keep America Beautiful staff members led cleanups in their areas, too! Thank you to every single volunteer who has joined in our mission.
May 7: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: It PAYS to pick up litter! KAB Regional Director Mallory Coffey spent some of her afternoon yesterday cleaning up around where she lives in South Carolina. What are some of the interesting items you’ve found during a cleanup?
May 8: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: KAB Director of Communications, Abby Turpin, led a cleanup in eastern Iowa Saturday. 18 volunteers picked up 160 pounds of litter, a tire, and a car bumper at George Wyth Memorial State Park. Thank you to these volunteers for helping #KeepAmericaBeautiful!
May 10: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: Today we’re highlighting the work done by KAB affiliate Keep Byram Beautiful in Mississippi. The Terry High School football team and Girls Scouts Troop 5841 helped build a 160 ft flower bed, while the Byram Middle School football team picked up trash in the area.
What a great effort! Thank you to all of these volunteers!
Thank you to these volunteers for being a part of our mission!
May 12: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: 3rd graders at Pinnacle Academy in Euclid, Ohio worked together to clean up litter from the area around their school. They filled 73 bags! Keep Euclid Beautiful donated the supplies, as well as activity books teaching the importance of litter prevention and recycling.
Great work, students! Thank you!
May 13: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: Beautify Fresno partnered with Keller Williams Fresno for their annual day of service, known as RED Day. The large group of agents and volunteers collected more than 800 pounds of trash at Inspiration Park in Fresno and in surrounding neighborhoods in Highway City.
Thank you from Keep America Beautiful!
May 14: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: KAB affiliate Keep The Shoals Beautiful and Steve Trash presented the Clean Campus Award to Waterloo High School and Waterloo Elementary School students in Waterloo, Alabama!
From teacher Courtney Putnam: “One of my goals every year is to strengthen my student’s love for our community and instill the sense of ownership we all should have in keeping our campus and community clean. It’s one of my favorite projects and my students always dive in and go above and beyond! This year was no different and I am so happy they were recognized for their efforts! Thank you Keep the Shoals Beautiful and Steve Trash for a wonderful program and all of your efforts to educate and recognize students in the Shoals!”
May 15: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: This past Tuesday, Keep the TN River Beautiful, Keep Wayne County Beautiful, and the students of Frank Hughes High School in Clifton, TN removed 1,795 lbs. of trash at a two-hour cleanup! And Wayne County Solid Waste recycled 780 lbs. of the trash collected.
Great work and thank you from Keep America Beautiful!
May 16: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: In South Carolina, volunteers of all ages took part in the Barnwell County cleanup on Saturday, collecting 35 bags of litter.
Thank you to these great volunteers from KAB!
May 17: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: Volunteers with KAB affiliate Keep Smyrna Beautiful in Georgia picked up 60 pounds of trash and 6 pounds of recycling on Friday.
Thank you from Keep America Beautiful!
Thank you to every person who came out to clean, green, and beautify this great Mississippi community.
May 18: These photos were taken yesterday at a park in Iowa and, unfortunately, the top photo is a scene we see all too often across the US.
Thank you from Keep America Beautiful to those who take the time to clean up the litter they see in their communities. Though it shouldn’t be there in the first place, your efforts truly beautify America’s communities. We are grateful for your hard work and kindness.
May 19: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: We wanted to share this great photo of Connor and Carson Hammontree of Georgia. The two were aiming for principal in the Principal for a Day challenge, hosted by KAB affiliate Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful and Keep It Clean Dalton, by picking up litter in their community. Great job, boys!
May 20: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: KAB affiliate Keep Rockland Beautiful, Inc. has been highlighting their community’s GAC efforts. From planned group events to individuals organizing their own, great things are happening in New York!
Thank you from Keep America Beautiful to all of these volunteers for helping to clean, green, and beautify their community!
May 20: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: KAB affiliate Keep Pinellas Beautiful hosted their final Unwind & Be Kind Beach Cleanup with Visit St. Pete/Clearwater and TrashCaulin last week at North Straub Park.In total, 265 volunteers collected over 400 pounds of trash at six sites during the series. Thank you to those volunteers from KAB!
May 21: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: KAB affiliate Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful, Inc. is seeing great success with its Adopt-a-Road program. Northwestern Mutual Toledo, Boy Scouts of Oregon, Sylvania Township, and Southview Senior Class Government have all adopted roads to clean and take care of. Thank you from Keep America Beautiful!
May 22: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: A pair of eco-focused events by KAB affiliate Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful have made a big impact in Georgia.
In April, the annual Earth Day Recycling Event saw 47 volunteers collect items from 1,549 cars. The combined 175,540 pounds of recyclables collected were diverted from local landfills.
This month, the 8th Annual Great Gwinnett Wetlands saw 115 volunteers outfit eight local neighborhoods with storm drain markers, and 821 local homeowners were educated about storm drains. Also, 4,760 pounds of trash was removed from this vital area wetland.Amazing work.
Thank you from Keep America Beautiful!
May 24: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: KAB affiliate Keep Conway Beautiful in South Carolina held a big cleanup event! 75 volunteers – 58 of those being City of Conway employees – picked up litter from over 13 miles of streets. Total collected: 820 pounds!
Thank you from Keep America Beautiful!
May 25: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: KAB affiliate Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful (KRCB) and volunteers were out in full force for their May 7th event to clean and beautify their amazing California community. The citywide cleanup event was a huge success, as you can see in these photos!
Thank you from KAB!
May 26: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: KAB affiliate Keep Coral Gables Beautiful held the Downtown Community Cleanup on May 23rd, one of many events they have hosted for the Great American Cleanup. 34 volunteers collected more than 280 pounds of litter from the downtown area, setting a new record!
Thank you to these volunteers from Keep America Beautiful!
May 31: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: Allendale County in South Carolina hosted a GAC cleanup on May 27th. The county is in the process of receiving their Keep America Beautiful affiliation!One group collected 40 pounds of litter, and other volunteers collected numerous bags. Another GAC event is planned for this Saturday, June 4th.Thank you to these amazing volunteers from KAB!
June 2: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: In South Carolina, Cub Scout Pack 473 Pisgah UMC did a great job cleaning up for KAB affiliate Keep Florence Beautiful‘s event!
Teaching children about the importance of taking care of the environment and community service is so important.
Thank you to these 31 volunteers from KAB!
June 3: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: KAB affiliate Keep Smyrna Beautiful in Georgia had a successful cleanup Thursday. Volunteers picked up 54 pounds of litter, including 10 pounds of material that will be recycled. They also picked up 180 cigarette butts that will be recycled through the Smyrna Recycling Center’s new cigarette recycling program.
Great work, and thank you from KAB!
June 3: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: KAB affiliate Keep Suffolk Beautiful in Virginia shared that the Epsilon Theta Zeta Zeta Phi Beta Sorority cleaned up Planter’s Park this past weekend.
Thank you from Keep America Beautiful to these amazing volunteers!
June 9: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: Wow! So many caring, hardworking volunteers doing amazing work in California! Thank you to our affiliate Keep Bakersfield Beautiful!
June 9: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: We are nothing without our amazing volunteers who know the importance of taking care of their community environment – and spring into action to do so! Thank you to these volunteers with Keep Suffolk Beautiful! They spent an entire morning gathering 7 bags of trash and 9 tires on and around Deer Path Road.
June 10: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: KAB affiliate Keep Akron Beautiful loaned their Community Pride trailer so that 15 students from Coventry High School & community members had the supplies needed to clean up and mulch flower beds at a local park on Thursday. Thank you to these volunteers!
June 12: Great things are happening in Iowa: Thank you to this group from Link Associates for their work in Johnston and Des Moines, Iowa! They travel around to different parks every week and pick up litter as a part of their pledge with Keep America Beautiful.
We are so grateful for these amazing volunteers – thank you!
GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: Sharing from our friends at KAB affiliate Keep Charlotte Beautiful in North Carolina!:
“Thank you to all who came together to make our first Pickup w/ Pups cleanup and adoption event such a success! A HUGE shoutout goes to CMPD Animal Care and Control for their incredible dedication to finding forever homes for their animals and for providing them with the best care until those homes are found. We had 5 adoptable pups on-site that absolutely stole our hearts and will hopefully be finding their new homes very soon!
A big thank you also goes to our partners at Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation for always being down to collaborate and offering abundant support for our city and county’s cleanup initiatives. With their help and the great work from our volunteers, we were able to collect 23 bags of trash from Little Sugar Creek Greenway and surrounding parks and streets. That’s an estimated 460 lbs of trash!
In addition to removing litter, we were able to provide 5 pups with a morning of socialization and outdoor time that they can never get enough of.”
June 14: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: Thank you to these volunteers in Massachusetts who took part in the Great Worcester Cleanup last week, led by Keep Massachusetts Beautiful.
June 15: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: Such good work by these volunteers with KAB affiliate Keep Carroll Beautiful in Georgia. They picked up 10 bags of trash in Villa Rica. This was the third city in the area to host a GAC cleanup this spring, following Bowdon and Whitesburg.
June 18: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: KAB affiliate Keep Marietta GA Beautiful, along with Marietta Parks & Recreation, hosted this Great American Cleanup event this spring, cleaning up Sope Creek. Thank you to all of these volunteers for helping to keep their amazing community clean and beautiful.
June 22: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: Today marks the conclusion of the 2022 Great American Cleanup BUT, of course, cleanup efforts continue all year long! Thank you to every person who took part in a GAC event this year. Everyone deserves to live in a beautiful community, and the work done across the country during GAC has helped to ensure that. From Keep America Beautiful – THANK YOU.
July 12: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: We are still getting photos in from all across the country of GAC efforts. Here are some from our friends at KAB affiliate Keep Calhoun Gordon Beautiful in Georgia. They had 25 volunteers at their April cleanup event, and over 35 volunteers at their semi-annual recycling event.
Thank you from KAB to these amazing volunteers!
VIDEOS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
April 5: FREE CLEANUP KITS for the Great American Cleanup: Today, TrashCaulin unveils everything inside the kit in this video!
Caulin received the KAB Vision for America 2021 Social Impact Leadership award in December. His work leading cleanups and getting the word out on social media about taking care of the environment is inspiring, and we are proud to have his support of GAC. All you need to do is sign-up to volunteer and for the kit here: http://ow.ly/nuMK50IBcY6.
Thank you for your support of Keep America Beautiful!
April 6: Great things are happening in Virginia: Check out this inspiring video from Keep Norfolk Beautiful as they kicked off their Great American Cleanup efforts!
From the Keep America Beautiful 2020 National Litter Study:There were 152 items of litter for each U.S. resident. While still a large number, 152 pieces of litter per person in the United States is a number that residents can grasp and provides a tangible goal that every individual can strive to help eliminate. Everyone, whether they litter or not, can be part of the solution to ending litter.
And, don’t forget, we’re mailing out FREE CLEANUP KITS for Great American Cleanup® 2022! All you need to do is sign-up to volunteer and for the kit here: http://ow.ly/LHtE50IP7L7
NATIONAL MEDIA APPEARANCES
April 15: Thank you to The Weather Channel for having our COO on your show twice this past Saturday to speak about April being Keep America Beautiful Month, the Great American Cleanup, and plogging! We greatly appreciate the coverage of the work we do. Watch both interviews:
April 20: Thank you to the FOX Weather channel for having one of our affiliate directors on the show to talk about April being Keep America Beautiful Month and the Great American Cleanup! We greatly appreciate this coverage of the work we do. And great job, Trish Fancher, Exec. Director of Keep Lee County Beautiful in Florida!
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE INTERVIEW: https://www.foxweather.com/watch/play-59ba47b100001a6
April 22: Thank you to the FOX Weather channel for having our COO, Becky Lyons, on the show on Earth Day to talk about April being Keep America Beautiful Month and the Great American Cleanup! We are so appreciative of this coverage of the work we do.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE INTERVIEW: https://www.foxweather.com/watch/play-59d3f2a840001a6
April 23: Our affiliate, Keep Miami Beautiful, was featured on the FOX Weather channel Saturday morning, talking about the numerous cleanups taking place in the area and the importance of the Great American Cleanup. Thank you to Katie Grate, Recycling Coordinator for the City of Miami, for representing the KAB network!
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE INTERVIEW: https://www.foxweather.com/watch/play-59d95a268000d7d
PRINT/ONLINE NEWS ARTICLES
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April 29: 152 AND YOU: Check out this wonderful article on KAB by the Los Angeles Times! Thank you to reporter Mary Forgione for interviewing Cash and covering the KAB 2020 National Litter Study, the Great American Cleanup, AND the free litter cleanup kits.
“Keep America Beautiful’s 2020 National Litter Study estimates there are 50 billion pieces of litter or ‘152 pieces of litter for every U.S. resident.’ That means if each person picked up their share, the country could be litter-free.” Let’s do this!
CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE: http://ow.ly/GjTF50IVANN
May 3: Great article on our friend, TrashCaulin, who has been helping us get the word out during the Great American Cleanup!
CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE: http://ow.ly/1ABQ50IXVGO
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May 11: Thank you to journalist Martina Igini and Earth.Org for covering the efforts of Cash Daniels. We’re proud of the work Cash does with affiliates Keep the TN River Beautiful and Keep Tennessee Beautiful, and we are so glad he’s a part of the KAB mission! “
Sometimes I feel like the world sets limits on what young people are supposed to be able to do simply because of their age,” he explained when asked about what people think of his achievements. “Every day, there are more and more kids and teenagers accomplishing amazing things. I think young climate activists are already changing the world little by little.”
CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE: https://earth.org/cash-daniels-pick-up-trash/
“Beauty is the name of the game for this organization. Keep America Beautiful has many hard-working volunteers who beautify communities that need it. The Great American Cleanup and Community Impact Grants have allowed for important changes like tree planting and lot transformation to happen. Over 15,000 communities have been beautified each year.”
CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE: http://ow.ly/q3UY50JbjsJ
June 18: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP: Check out this wonderful article about the efforts of KAB state affiliate Keep Oklahoma Beautiful and its volunteers.
“I guess my challenge to people is that if you can take just one more person and have them start picking up, too, it’s just a domino effect. You’ll just have people start continuously picking up trash, then it becomes a habit.” – Volunteer Virgil Turner
CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE: http://ow.ly/gxVm50JAVpQ
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Contact: Abby Turpin, Director of Communications
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