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L-R: Michael Haviland, Al Rothe & Stan Barnett KPB Boards members, Bart Connelly. AAR Chairman

“When I relocated to Georgia 9 years ago, I was disappointed to discover a great deal of discarded litter along the roads in the major roads leading into the City Of Nelson.  I took it upon myself to start picking up trash near my residence.  I also took the initiative to clear away and expose the Tate sidewalks that had been overgrown with years of kudzu growth, at the HWY 53 intersection.  I also edged these sidewalks and mowed the public right of away.  After about 2 years on my own, I signed up with KPB and began a formal record of each bag of litter that was picked up, to be able give KPB an accurate monthly accounting of my trash pickup.

“In my reporting to KPB, I serviced a distance of 1.65 miles out, and another 1.65 return, for a total distance of 3.30 miles.  On average, I picked up trash pretty consistently about every two weeks, over a period 5 years to reach my total of 1,000 bags of litter.  When I had reached a total 500 bags of trash, I was given an award by KPB.  It was at this point I made a personal goal to pick up a total of 1,000 bags after realizing that my volunteer trash pickup represented constituted a really large part of the entire annual KPB total.

“My goal was to try to make a positive difference in the appearance of the community.  Hopefully by volunteering to clean up the right of away, the missing pride and respect for our community might be restored.”        -Michael Haviland

Keep Pickens Beautiful is pleased to present Michael Haviland with another plaque honoring him for something we don’t believe any other AAR volunteer has ever done.  Our grateful thanks to Michael and all of our AAR Volunteers.  Our goal would be to not need volunteers to pick up our roadway and that our citizens would stop throwing their trash out.  If you would like to become part of our organization to keep Pickens clean and beautiful contact us at 706-253-3600 visit us on our web page or face book. www.keeppickensbeautiful.org.

Keep Pickens Beautiful is a Pickens County, GA nonprofit, volunteer organization affiliated with Keep America Beautiful.  Our focus is to sustain litter reduction and voluntary recycling PLUS projects that enhance the beauty of our environment and improve solid waste management.

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KPB, formerly Citizens for a Clean Community, was founded in 1989, comprised of a group of concerned citizens striving to develop a clean and beautiful environment for Pickens County.  A part of the Keep America Beautiful Program, KPB seeks to improve quality of life by eliminating litter through increased public awareness.  A key part of the waste “reduction” is “conservation” – using natural resources wisely and using less than usual in order to avoid waste.

TrasherAt KPB we want you to know about us, to join us, and to do your part.  Every one has a role! We can all learn to REDUCE, REUSE, AND RECYCLE.  Georgia’s Litter It Costs You program has adopted the Georgia Brown Thrasher as a mascot.  “TRASHER” is here to remind you to put litter in its place, and to encourage you to get involved.

We invite you to browse some of our material and to find a spot to plug in with KPB  Call or e-mail and we will find a place just for you.           ¤