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Blanco Residents Are Encouraged to Join Millions of Volunteers Nationwide in Great American Cleanup
National Effort Inspires Keep Blanco Beautiful to Declare “Green Starts Here”
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 • Posted March 23, 2010

Blanco, Texas - Looking to make Blanco a cleaner, greener, more livable place? Keep Blanco Beautiful encourages you to get involved in the 2010 Great American Cleanup™, a national campaign organized by nonprofit Keep America Beautiful.

On April 10, KBB will hold the 11th annual Trash Off and 4th annual Blanco River Cleanup – 9:00 am: Citywide collection at Jones Rd – 8 a. m. We look for around 100 youth and adults, city employees, and 5 trucks and trailers hauling discarded items, to work together to make Blanco a cleaner, healthier and more beautiful town.

On April 24, KBB will join with the City and County of Blanco to hold the Blanco County HHW – waste Latex Paint, Lead-Acid Battery Recycling, Electronics Recycling, and Tire Recycling event. This will be held at the Blanco County Yard on Blanco Avenue from 8 a. m. to noon.

The national 2010 theme, “Green Starts Here,” is a rallying cry that encourages volunteer groups, community leaders, and people of all ages and walks of life to begin creating more sustainable communities through their efforts as volunteers, and through their daily choices and actions. It also reflects Keep America Beautiful’s long legacy of community improvement activities.

“Keep Blanco Beautiful” hopes that every volunteer will proudly declare “Green Starts Here,” in Blanco, Blanco County, Texas,” said Retta Martin, board coordinator, “through our residents, and with our efforts to address the unique needs of the local community.”

Throughout the months of March, April and May, an anticipated 1,200 KAB affiliates and participating organizations nationwide will rally an estimated 3 million volunteers to hold litter and debris cleanups on public lands and waterways, host recycling drives, spruce-up community amenities like parks and playgrounds, remove graffiti, plant trees and community gardens, and host many more activities designed to improve the living environments that we all call “home.”

“Community greening began with the beautification movement of the 1950s and 60s, and even then, Keep America Beautiful was leading the charge,” said Matthew McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Today, we realize that these efforts don’t just create beautiful places, they create a healthier environment, build stronger communities, inspire sustainable behaviors, motivate people to volunteer service, and improve quality of life. The Great American Cleanup captures the energy and enthusiasm of today’s powerful and growing green movement.”

America’s leading companies and brands support the campaign. The National Sponsors of the 2010 Great American Cleanup are: The Dow Chemical Company; The Glad Products Company; Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water; o.b.® tampons; Pepsi-Cola Company; The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company; Solo Cup Company; Troy-Bilt® Lawn and Garden Equipment; Waste Management, Inc.; Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.; Promotional Partners: Crescent Art and Framing Products and Get Green Racing; and Educational Partner: Rubber Manufacturers Association. Local sponsors include The Blanco National Bank, The Security State Bank & Trust, Treetops Ranch, and Blanco Auto Parts; Patrons include Cattleman’s National Bank, Uptown Blanco, Connie and Henry Knox, Strickland Drugs, Hill Country Liquors. KBB also has numerous business members.

Beautify Blanco was established at the June 1999 city council meeting with the mission to clean up Blanco. Keep Blanco Beautiful, Inc was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2000 and is an affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful. KBB concentrates its efforts on public education of environmental and solid waste issues. Litter prevention, recycling program, beautification of the City and public service activities are our focus areas. The KBB Mission is “To educate and engage Blanco citizens to take greater responsibility for improving our community environment.”

Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. This national nonprofit forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. Its signature program, the Great American Cleanup is one of many initiatives that encourage people to care for communities through volunteer participation. To join the Great American Cleanup and let green start with you, visit www.kab.org

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