Keep Waco Beautiful has been around for quite some time. We have accomplished many beautifications in our great city and that was mainly what we were known to do. Frances Sturgis, the founder of KWB and good friends with Lady Bird Johnson, had a vision for Waco. What started out as just a small beautification committee, The Greater Waco Beautification Committee, grew to be one of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful affiliates established in 1979. We have raised millions of dollars in beautification efforts across all of Waco and even won the GCAA a total of 7 times.
The City of Waco has recently pulled all the recycling efforts from any of the FREE events offered to Waco citizens, such as, “Food Truck Show Down,” “Brazos Nights,” and “Pints in the Park” due to contamination.
We needed to come up with a strategic plan to get the public on board with recycling so we dediced to start with an event that happens every Saturday, the Downtown Waco Farmers Market. We applied for the Recycle 2 Support grant to get the Farmers Market the coorect bins to accomplish our mission and by surprise, we WON! We have partnered with Group “W” Bench Litter Patrol to help with our mission of education. Once we get recycling established at the Market, the plan is to have the city bring back the recycling bins for the free events and we’ll be there to patrol and educate as well. We will be out at the Market every Saturday to patrol and educate in litter placement, spreading the word of curbside recycling and how you can do your part in KEEPING WACO BEAUTIFUL!
Blog post written by Ashley Millerd, Executive Director of Keep Waco Beautiful.