Keep Blanco Beautiful is on a campaign to spruce up the community and tackle refuse as the annual "Don't Mess with Texas Trash-Off" returns. It is all part of "The Great American Clean Up" which is held annually from March 1-May 31.
The clean up is the nation's largest community improvement plan, said KBB's Retta Martin.
"KBB will partner with the City of Blanco on April 18 for the 16th annual city wide cleanup and ninth annual Blanco River cleanup," Martin said. "The event will begin at Bindseil Park at 9 a.m. T-shirts will be passed out at that time. It is a morning that you will see our Blanco Independent School District students, Girl Scouts and Brownies with their teachers and families walking all over town with bright KBB T-shirts on, picking up litter from the city easements. The Boy Scouts and other volunteers will be in the Blanco State Park and on the river in kayaks cleaning the banks. We will serve hotdogs, chips and drinks when the volunteers come in."
Martin said there will be pickups with trailers and volunteers to available for home visits to pick up discarded items such as furniture and appliances.
"Please call city hall beginning April 1 to put your name and address on the list so these volunteers will know where you are," Martin said. "Blanco citizens will be able to take discarded items to city yard on Jones Road from April 13-17. Vouchers will be available at city hall. One will be needed when you deliver your items."
Martin said Keep Blanco Beautiful was formed in 2000 and is a 501(c)3 corporation.
"We operate throughout the year on sponsorships, and business and individual memberships," Martin said. "Our brochures have been passed out and we are collecting our memberships at this time."
Please mail forms and checks to P.O. Box 694 in Blanco or call Martin at 833-4720 and she will pick payments up.
"KBB has nine committees and are active throughout the year," Martin said. "Each Tuesday, weather permitting you will see our Beautification Committee, led by Judy Dorsett in Bindseil Park and on the City property planting and maintaining the beautiful plants and trees. We are always in need of more volunteers for this committee."
Martin said new members to KBB are "always welcome."
At the countywide level, Pct. 4 Commissioner Paul Granberg is overseeing Blanco County's clean up effort on April 18. Large household items which can be collected include led-acid free batteries, rechargeable batteries, construction debris, carpet, appliances including refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, dishwashers, water heaters scrap steel and metal will all be accepted.
Potentially dangerous items like dioxins, containers that are larger than five gallons, explosives, medical or pharmaceutical items, compressed gas cylinders, florescent light bulbs, household chemicals, paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum, plastic, petroleum based paint, stain, varnish, latex paint, cell phones, telephones, computer components, parts, monitors, televisions, used monitors and antifreeze will not be accepted.
There is also a fee structure in place for tire disposal. Questions about county's efforts should be directed to Grandberg at (830) 385-4195.

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