April is proclaimed as Cleanup Month. Pickens County Commissioner Chair Robert Jones signed a proclamation designating April as clean-up month.
Back Row standing left to right: Jim Looney, Jasper City Manager, Kim Quinton, Pickens County Road Commission, Ron Jager KPB Director, and Bart Connelly, KPB Adopt A Road Chair. Seated left to right: Mary Ann Rentz, KPB President, Robert Jones, County Commissioner, Carol Opdenhoff, KPB Recycling Chair
Keep Pickens Beautiful and its national affiliate Keep America Beautiful will be working with the county and communities planning cleanup projects for their area. KPB would like to encourage the residents of Pickens County to take in part the county wide cleanup during April. Cleanup events are planned throughout April and will be announced in the Pickens Progress, Know Pickens over our local radio stations. If your group or family is planning to do a special clean up or an event for Earth Day please let KPB know so we can recognizes your efforts. Keep Pickens Beautiful Adopt A Road Volunteers will be picking up their assigned roadways during April. KPB would like to thank all those who took part in last year’s GAC and encourage you to continue this work in 2018. Be part of the big picture! Contact KPB at 706-253-3600.
“BRING ONE FOR THE CHIPPER 2018″
CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING EVENT
WHEN: Saturday, January 6, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WHAT: Area residents will go green and drop off Christmas trees to be chipped into mulch or used as a wildlife habitat. The event educates the public on recycling and environmental conservation. It also allows communities to put discarded Christmas trees to good use. The program has been a holiday tradition in Georgia for more than 25 years and is the largest tree recycling program in the nation.
WHERE: Your old tree will be reused as mulch or wildlife habitat. Drop off your undecorated Christmas tree for recycling at the Park’n Ride across from the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce Building in Newton Park (500 Stegall Street)
FOR INFORMATION CALL: Keep Pickens Beautiful, 706-253-3600
Or visit us at www.keeppickensbeautiful.org or on Facebook
94,417 trees were collected in total. Of these, 82,941 were recycled into mulch for playgrounds, city and county landscaping projects, and individual homes.
- 2,709 trees were sunk into lakes across the state to provide fish habitats. 776 were used for fuel or other uses.
- Over 6 million Christmas trees have been recycled and diverted from landfills since the start of the program.
- 48 local governments and/or organizations participated.
- 151 collection sites were set up throughout the State.
- 673 volunteers donated 2,254 hours of time.
- Davey Tree Experts chipped 54,410 trees in Metro Atlanta
Al Rothe, KPB Board member reported a banner year for handing out candy on Halloween this year. Again this year KPB took part in the Trick or Treat downtown event in Jasper. Rothe reported that we had more children this year than ever before. Each year KPB purchases more candy and always seems to run out. This year we had 4 pieces of candy left at the end of the event. The costumes were great and everyone had a fun time.
2nd Annual Operation Clean Sweep
KPB plans to conduct “Operation Clean Sweep” again this year. On Saturday, April 15th, KPB and community volunteers will “Clean Sweep” the litter off a section of road here in Pickens County. Send us your choice for the most littered stretch of road and we will pick one to “Clean Sweep”. Send your submission to KPB via email: [email protected] or via phone at 706-253-3600. You can also find us on facebook and submit your entry.
If you want to volunteer to help pick up litter on April 15th, let us know at facebook, by email or by phone as listed above. Give us your name and contact info. We will get in touch with you to arrange for your participation.