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Apr
06

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Levelland Beautiful

Levelland, county seat of Hockley County, is located on the Llano Estacado, 30 miles west of Lubbock and established in 1912 by C.W. Post. Levelland's population is 13,762 and is the 189th largest city in Texas. Keep Levelland Beautiful is happy to serve this rural community on the move.  Just like so many other affiliates, the current pa...
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Mar
25

Tips to Keep Drivers and Waste Processing Employees Safe

Our friends at Texas Disposal Systems recently shared some great tips to protect waste processing employees. These brave men and women put themselves at risk every day to help manage our waste. Please follow the tips below to help keep them safe during these uncertain times.  ​Essential personnel brings to mind doctors, nurses, ...
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Mar
02

Affiliate of the Month: Keeping it Clean With Friendswood

Friendswood encompasses 21 square miles and is nestled between Houston and the Gulf Coast. Friendswood has grown from a small, close-knit Quaker community into a city with over 40,000 residents. Yet, after 125 years, Friendswood has maintained the charm and volunteer spirit of a small Texas town. Friendswood's anchor is Stevenson Park with rolling ...
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Feb
19

Staff Blog: Speak at KTB's Annual Conference

Do you have a program or project that you're particularly proud of that has effected change in your community? If so, we would love to have you participate as a speaker for the Keep Texas Beautiful Annual Conference, which this year takes place June 15-17 in Houston. Speaking at the KTB conference is a great way to teach others about the successes ...
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Feb
07

Affiliate of the Month: Keep San Marcos Beautiful

In honor of the first Waterways dedicated month this March and to encourage every affiliate and community to hold an event, Keep San Marcos Beautiful would like to focus on our efforts to keep the San Marcos River clean year-round. Located near downtown, the crystal clear and constant 72° temperature of the San Marcos River connects the reside...
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Feb
04

Staff Blog: Keep Texas Recycling 101

Texas consists of many rural communities and sparsely populated counties. Because of their size and remote locations, many of these entities are unable to establish cost-effective recycling programs. They are constrained by small tax bases, limited infrastructure for collection of recyclable materials, long distances to processors and/or end market...
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Jan
07

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Nolanville Beautiful

The City of Nolanville population 6200, is located in Bell County, about one hour north of Austin. Our proximity to Fort Hood military base greatly influences the diversity of our residents and our community values. Located in beautiful Central Texas, Nolanville is truly "A Great Place to Live." Keep Nolanville Beautiful (KNB) is an essential part ...
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Dec
17

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Lewisville Beautiful

Keep Lewisville Beautiful has been serving our community as a Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful affiliate for more than 33 years. Although we are a small 501(c)(3) non-profit affiliate with two staff members (one part-time Administrative Assistant, and one full-time Executive Director), here at KLB we like to do BIG things and create ...
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Dec
09

Guest Blog: What to Know About Electronics Recycling

When we think about recycling, we often think of paper, aluminum, and plastic. However, we should also consider electronics as part of our recycling mentality. As the newest versions of smartphones, televisions, and computers are released each year, the amount of electronic waste is increasing at a rapid rate. With this increasing waste stream come...
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Nov
11

Staff Blog: State of Recycling in Texas pt. 2

In March 2018, we published a blog about the state of the recycling industry and how the China Sword (China's import ban on contaminated material) was affecting recycling markets, and therefore, recycling programs all across the country. It's been about a year and a half since we wrote that blog, and with America Recycles Day coming up this week, w...
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Oct
28

Guest Blog: Arbor Day - Texas Style

Hello to all you wonderful KTB folks. The official Texas Arbor Day is November 1, which starts the best time to plant trees in our great state. Mark your calendars, for this special day, as we want to encourage everyone to show your trees some love!Why do we have an Arbor Day you ask? Thanks to J. Sterling Morton's passion for trees and love of nat...
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Oct
02

Guest Blog: 4 Things to Know About Household Hazardous Waste

What exactly is Household Hazardous Waste? The Environmental Protection Agency considers HHW to be "leftover household products that can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances, or that are corrosive or toxic as household hazardous waste." Products that may become HHW are often readily accessible and contain labels that read "DANG...
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Oct
01

Guest Blog: Why Do the Data? How Cleanup Data are Used and How You Can do it with Clean Swell

Since around the time that "trash" became part of our daily lives and waste management became a necessity, cleanups to keep it out of the environment have also been happening. While we don't know who "started" the community, waterway or beach cleanup, Keep America Beautiful and Ocean Conservancy have certainly been at the forefront of nationwide an...
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Sep
18

Navigating Disaster Preparedness in a Changing Texas

This year at our Annual Conference, we held a Disaster Preparedness and Management Focus Group to learn more about what's going on around the state with disaster preparedness and what work needs to be done.Because of the sheer size of Texas, environmental diversity and location on the Gulf of Mexico, the state must deal with threats on a regular ba...
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Sep
11

Eight Simple Ways to be Prepared for a Disaster

You're not sure what, but something is pulling you to up your preparedness game, and Keep Texas Beautiful applauds you. Recently, the great state of Texas has seen a lot of natural disasters and other emergencies that leave us thinking about how our life could change in an instant.We can't avoid disasters, but we can prepare ourselves and our famil...
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Sep
09

Affiliate of the Month: Earth Day Mansfield Brings Green Family-friendly Fun

Every April, the City of Mansfield plans a full slate of events to offer residents the opportunity to not only clean up around their homes and beautiful their community, but also to celebrate, protect and conserve our environment and natural resources.These events include the city's bi-annual Chunk Your Junk & Shred Day, spring Creekside Cleanu...
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Aug
22

Fall Sweep 2019 - Ways You Can Get Involved

Keep Texas Beautiful is excited to launch our third annual Fall Sweep! Fall is just around the corner and its time to sweep away the lazy days of summer. Let's go back to school and back to work improving our communities.This year, Fall Sweep will begin right after Labor Day on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Groups can plan their events all the way th...
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Aug
19

Guest Blog: Video Contest Helps Teens Learn About the Environment

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, environmental education helps people develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues and learn the skills to make informed and responsible decisions. It also teaches people to weigh various sides of an issue through critical thinking and strengthens skills in problem-solving and decision-maki...
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Aug
08

Keep Smithville Beautiful - Murals, Murals, Everywhere - And Other Projects, Too!

Smithville is a small, rural town in Central Texas with a population arguably at about 4,000 people. Keep Smithville Beautiful (KSB) is a committee of the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce. Despite its small budget, KSB enjoys the support of a large network of volunteers and partners that help make sure that Smithville is working towards the goal...
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Jul
23

Scenic Cities 2019

This month, 21 Texas municipalities earned official Scenic City certification through the Scenic City Certification Program, a project of Scenic Texas, Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), and 16 statewide program partner organizations. These municipalities have demonstrated their commitment to enact high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and pub...
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