New KPB Officers

New officers were elected at the Keep Pickens Beautiful board meeting, November 6, 2017. Seated left to right: Joan Britton, Secretary-Treasurer, Carol Opdenhoff, Office Manager, Mary Ann Rentz, President, Stan Barnett, Green Ribbon-Green Thumb Chairperson, Ron Jager, Director.  Standing left to right Bart Connelly, Adopt A Road Chairperson, Susan Anderson, Education Chairperson, Al Roth, Director, Vered Klinberger, Litter Index Chairperson, Robert Morgan, Vice President, absent is Codi Van Atta, Membership Chairperson.

KPB is looking forward to another productive year continuing the programs that will enhance the appearance of our beautiful county.  Keep expanding our Recycling Program, Adopt A Road and educating our students in the importance of protecting our environment.

If you would like to join in, contact our office Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 – 2:00 at 706-253-3600 and visit our website at  Find us on Face book at:

The community is encouraged and welcome to attend our monthly meeting at the Pickens County Sheriff’s office on Camp Road, the first Monday of the month at 6:30 pm.

We Chipped 136 trees!

Keep Pickens Beautiful would like to “thank” all those who recycled their Christmas trees again this year.  The Pickens County Road Department, reported that they chipped 136 trees this year. Our thanks to them also, the mulch has many uses, in gardens and landscaping.  The trees are also used to put in lakes for fish habitats’

If you would like more information on recycling please contact our office at 706-253-3600 or visit our web page at

Elaine Thomason Award

Stan Barnett (left), Bart Connelly (right)

Keep Pickens Beautiful held their annual Appreciation Dinner, January 9, 2018 at The Last Catch.  The dinner is an opportunity to show our appreciation for our volunteers, who help KPB reach the goals of a clean and safe environment for the citizens of Pickens County.

Bart Connelly, director of our Adopt A Road Program presented Stan Barnett, with the Elaine Thomason Award for his outstanding work in our Adopt A Road Program for the past 10 years. Elaine Thomason lived in the Hinton community on Hwy 53, and was a huge advocate for keeping the roads clean, even before we had the Adopt A Road Program. When the AAR program was put in place by the CCC Board, the award was named after Ms. Thomason, for her dedication to Litter reduction on our highways.

Mr. Barnett has also served on the Board of Directors for many years in several different positions.

Pickens County Commissioner Rob Jones, Johnny Weaver, Mayor of Jasper and Randy Banks, Mayor of Talking Rock and Dan Poole, Pickens Progress, where also present, our thanks to them for all the help they give KPB during the year.

Officers for 2018 were introduced, President, Mary Ann Rentz, Vice President, Robert Morgan and Joan Britten, Secretary/Treasurer.   KPB is looking forward to another year of growth and opportunities to make a difference in our county.

If you would like to be a part of our organization and volunteer by serving on our board or a committee to help keep our County clean and beautiful, contact our office at 706-253-3600 for more information and visit our web page at

Bring One for the Chipper


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

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2017 Result                                                                                                          

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

Thanks to Harmony Elementary

Keep Pickens Beautiful would like to say “Thank you” to the students at Harmony Elementary School and teacher Susan Anderson for decorating our Christmas tree at the Library again this year. KPB features recycling, the students take the most unusable items and by using their imagination to create tree ornaments. Decorations are made from unlikely items like corn cobs, light bulbs, milk cartons and cans, proving that recycling can be fun and creative.