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.
JANUARY 7, 2017
“BRING ONE FOR THE CHIPPER 2017”
CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING EVENT
WHEN: Saturday, January 7, 2017, 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 26 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
- * 108,468 trees were collected in GA . Of these 105.369 were recycled into mulch for playgrounds, city and county landscap8ing projects, and individual homes.
- Pickens contributed 140 of the tress collected.
- * 1,116 trees were sunk into lakes across the state to provide fish habitats. 1,587 were wsed for fuel or other uses.
- * Over 6 million Christmas trees have been recycled and diverted from land fills since the start of the program.
- * 60 local governments and / or organizations participated.
- * 189 collection sites were set up throughout the State.
- * 1,167 volunteers donated 5,071 hours of time.were set up throughout
TIRE AMENSTY MONTH OF APRIL FOR PICKENS COUNTY RESIDENTS.
Pickens County residents only, may take four (4) scrap passenger tires, maximum per family, off the rims, to the Pickens County Recycle Center on Camp Road and Cove Road, during the month of April as part of the Great American Clean Month. Keep Pickens Beautiful would like to remind you that mosquito breeding season is upon us and with it brings the West Nile Virus and the possible of other viruses.
KPB urges all of our county residents to dispose of any tires you have lying around. Let’s eliminate the mosquito breeding places cleanup our county and protect our environment.
The Great American Cleanup is like a puzzle, if everyone does a small part in the cleanup the whole big job will be completed, piece by piece. If you would like to know if how you can have a part in the Great American Cleanup please call our office at 706-253-3600 for information.
EVENT PLANS FOR GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP
- PICKENS COUNTY – CLEAN UP – TIRE AMENSTY
- CITY OF JASPER – EACH SATURDAY IN APRIL THE CITY WILL PICK UP CURB SIDE BRUSH, LIMBS, ETC. SEE WATER BILL FOR DETAILS.
- CITY OF NELSON – DAILY LITTER PICK UP THROUGH OUT NELSON.
- TOWN OF TALKING ROCK – WORK TO RESTORE PARK TRASH DAY FOR ODD ITEMS
- TATE COMMUNITY- TREE PLANTING AT DEPOT
- ALL SCHOOLS – CLEANUP AND BEAUTIFY
- ADOPT A ROAD VOLUNTEERS – PICK UP THEIR ASSIGNED ROADS
- SHREDDER – Saturday APRIL 16TH 9:00 TO NOON
- OPERATION CLEAN SWEEP NOON – FINISHED
- SPRUCE UP THE MURAL IN DOWNTOWN JASPER
- KPB OFFICE SPRUCE UP THE GROUNDS
Sheriff Donnie Craig is a great ally in KPB’s efforts to beautify Pickens County. He allows inmates from the County Detention Center to pick up litter. I know everyone has seen these men gathering litter from our roads and highways. We are grateful to those who volunteer for this duty and to Sheriff Craig for allowing this effort and for providing a Deputy to supervise the clean-up.
“Operation Clean Sweep” is a new effort to go along with these ongoing efforts to keep our roads free from litter. If you have a road to submit for Operation Clean Sweep, contact KPB byphone or by Email. You can also leave a post on our Facebook page to nominate a road. KPB will review the nominations and pick a “winner” to be the object of a crew of volunteers to pick up litter.
The deadline for nominations will be April 8th at Noon. If weather permits, we will “Clean Sweep” the chosen road on Saturday April 16th. Our plan will be for all volunteers to meet at the First Baptist Church parking lot at noon where we will carpool to the site. It is expected that with travel time and clean-up, “Operation Clean Sweep” should last approximately two to three hours. Depending on interest from the community we may have to limit the number of volunteers that we can have on the side of the chosen roadway.
L 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.