Proclamation 2016 aL to R Standing:  Jim Harvey, County Marshall, Bart Connelly, KPB Board member, Larry Ray, Mayor of Nelson, Randy Banks, Mayor of Talking Rock, Stan Barnett, Ron Jager, KPB Board members. Seated: Carol Opdenhoff, KPB President, Commissioner Rob Jones, Gloria Proudfoot KPB Office Manager.

 APRIL PROCLAIMED AS GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP MONTH   April is proclaimed as Cleanup Month.  Pickens County Commissioner Robert Jones, Randy Banks, Mayor of Talking Rock, and Larry Ray, Mayor of Nelson signed a proclamation designating April as clean-up month.  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 2016.  Be part of the big picture! If you have question or for more information on how you can be a part of Keep Pickens Beautiful, call our office at 706-253-3600, or go to our web page for more details about the planned public events for this year.       www.keeppickensbeautiful.org.

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 www.keeppickensbeautiful.org 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.



                                     2015 Jeep Fest.

Keep Pickens Beautiful would like to congratulate and thank the Jeep Fest recycling team, Sheriff Craig, your staff, and all the volunteers for hosting a fun packed weekend with encouragement to recycle. Among the 1000 plus entrants and thousands of spectators, KPB managed to collect 22 bags of plastic bottles and aluminum cans and a pickup truck of cardboard during the 3 day event.

Thanks Everyone!!

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Wyatt, sitting in the truck; Marc, leaning against the truck; and AJ and Bart awaiting the next load of recycles




JeepF 2015 aHere come Gloria and Vered (not pictured) with the next load



All loaded up, the truck and trailer are full. Than off to the recycle station.

Flag Recycling


Independence Day, July 4th, is coming up.  You may be replacing your old, worn, U.S. flag.  If so , please dispose of it properly.  If in doubt, take it to the Community Thrift Store in Jasper.  They will collect them for the American Legion for proper disposal.



Blue Grass Festival Recycles

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Festival Volunteers, Jim Elrod (L), Joe Weaver (R

Keep Pickens Beautiful would like to thank Ray Smith, general chairman of the first Charity Bluegrass Festival for the American legion Post 149, and all those who volunteered last weekend. The festival partnered with KPB, to set out recycle containers around their venue.  The weather was great and the festival guests did their part by using the containers.  9 very large bags of plastic water bottles and 4 large bags of aluminum cans,as well as glass and cardboard were recycled and kept out of our landfills.  Working together we all can make a difference.

If you are planning an event and would KPB to furnish you with recycle containers, please contact our office at 706-253-3600 or visit our web site at www.keeppickensbeautiful.org.  KPB can also help you get started recycling at your home or business.