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.

Change Tomorrow-Today-Recycle

Keep Pickens Beautiful sponsored a poster contest for National Recycle Day November 15, 2017.  Elementary and Middle School art teachers were invited to participate.  Keep Pickens Beautiful invited the children to showcase their artistic talent and their commitment to the environment by participating in the contest. This poster contest, Change Tomorrow-Today-Recycle, helps the community to achieve a goal of higher excellence in recycling, composting, and buying recycled products and packaging.

Winners in the Kindergarten to Second Grade division were: Jayla Dean 1st place, Ellie Parker 2nd place, and Townson Rickenbaker 3rd place

Winners in the Third to Fifth Grade division were: Cassandra Hamrick 1st place, Isabel Faucett 2nd place, and Ellie Darnell 3rd place

The posters are on display at the Pickens County Government building located at 1266 East Church Street.  We invite you to stop and enjoy the winner’s posters.

Bring One for the Chipper




WHEN:    Saturday, January 2, 2016, 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 or on Facebook

2015 Result:  Pickens County collected and recycled 130 trees. Good work, community.

  • 98,876 trees were collected in total. Of these, 91,147 were recycled into mulch for playgrounds, city and county landscaping projects, and individual homes.
  • 5,908 trees were sunk into lakes across the state to provide fish habitats, 1,821 were used for the fuel or other uses.
  • Over 6 million Christmas trees have been recycled and diverted from landfills since the start of the program.
  •  66 local governments and /or organizations participated.

Heritage Festival

Keep Pickens Beautiful participated in the Talking Rock Heritage Days Festival. KPB placed 8 recycle containers around the grounds of the festival, giving the visitors an opportunity to recycle their cans and bottles.  The weather was beautiful and the crowds enjoyed the music, good food and a record number of vendor booths as well as the towns local stores, to select a large variety of merchandise from.

KPB recycle containers collected 4 large bags of aluminum cans and plastic water bottles. Our thanks to all who recycled and kept these materials out of our landfills, while being turned back into useful products, to serve another day.

IF you would like information on recycling at your event, home or business, contact the KPB office at 706-253-3600 or visit our web site at keeppickensbeautiful