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Oct
11

Guest Blog: Waste Management - Recycle Often. Recycle Right.

Have you ever heard the phrase, "one bad apple spoils the bunch?" The same is true for recycling, where one non-recyclable item can spoil an entire batch of otherwise good materials. A single, wrong item in the recycling bin represents a global problem that's preventing thousands of tons of recyclables from ever seeing a second life. Don't let this...
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Oct
08

Scenic City: Now Accepting Applications

​Keep Texas Beautiful and Scenic Texas are each organizations that support vibrant, healthy communities across our state. Partnering with Scenic Texas to form the Scenic City Certification Program has been a natural fit for Keep Texas Beautiful. Cities and towns with strong infrastructure standards prove to be resilient, distinctive cities known fo...
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Oct
02

Guest Blog: “Weekend Without Waste” To Coach Texans About Recycling

This weekend, Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages and Keep Texas Beautiful are teaming up to help Texans become better recyclers. Dubbed the "Weekend Without Waste," events are being held statewide during the weekend of October 5 to educate as many Texans as possible on what, how and where to recycle. The "Weekend Without Waste" is part of the Coca-Cola ...
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Sep
27

Enter the Don’t mess with Texas® Song Search

Are you or your neighbors passionate about litter prevention? Does seeing trash blemish majestic bluebonnet-lined highways make them sad? Is your city inspired to do your part and more to keep Texas beautiful? Are you or anyone you know musically-inclined? Then your community may be the home of the next Don't mess with Texas music legend. Music sho...
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Sep
26

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Hutto Beautiful on Community Engagement and Hutto Pride

Each month, KTB highlights a new affiliate organization on the blog and through an Instagram takeover. This campaign recognizes the diverse organizations working hard to keep Texas beautiful.  Despite the extreme growth that Hutto has experienced in the last decade, the small-town spirit and heart of the community remains. ...
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Sep
19

Fall Sweep: A Cleanup for Everyone

September 22 is the official start of Fall. Cooler weather is in the forecast and it's a great time to get outside and improve your community! We've got you covered with our Second Annual Fall Sweep supply package. Schedule an event in your area and get FREE bags and gloves from Keep Texas Beautiful! ​There are many ways to get involved in Fall Swe...
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Oct
04

Volunteer Recruitment – Attracting Young Professionals to Your Organization

Many of you have asked KTB staff how to get more youth involved in your organization. Some of you have adult volunteers that may not be as familiar with technology and social media. Others are concerned about sustainability and passing your hard work and passion on to future generations. Let's face it, none of us are getting any younger and if...
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Sep
11

Volunteer Recruitment – One Person Can Make a Difference

A lot of my presentations focus on recruiting large numbers of volunteers for a big event. This is popular and important information, but I want to stop and recognize that many of you also utilize individual volunteers.These individuals often form strong relationships with your staff and the community. This includes your board members and...
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Aug
29

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Denton Beautiful on 30+ Years of Beautification and Environmental Efforts

The History of KDB If you mention Keep Denton Beautiful (KDB) to a Dentonite, you'll likely get a story about how they received a free tree from us, or how they love our murals around town. KDB's history expands over three decades of beautification efforts. In 1987, Denton's City Council saw a need to beautify their small college town. At that time...
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Aug
22

Guest Blog - Water Conservation and Beautification: Free Resources for Affiliates

It's been a hot, dry summer in Texas! According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, temperatures were well above average across the state in May through July—with some areas even breaking previously-recorded highs. Meanwhile, our precipitation level was below average. As of August 14, 77 percent of the state was in some lev...
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Aug
10

How to Volunteer: Adopt-a-Highway Program

A Texas-sized thank you for your interest in the Adopt-a-Highway (AAH) volunteer program! We are always in need of volunteers willing to go the extra two miles to keep our roadways litter free. For over 30 years, the Texas -born program has encouraged citizens to showcase their pride by removing unsightly litter from state-maintained roadways. In f...
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Aug
08

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Pearland Beautiful on the Evolution of Pearland

Since 1982, Keep Pearland Beautiful (KPB) has been empowering Pearland citizens to take responsibility for their environment. Over the years our organization has gone through many changes, shaped by the needs of our residents. For example, in the late 80's KPB managed a once per week drop off center for aluminum cans. Now, we operate a full service...
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Aug
14

Staff Blog: KTB Staff Health Challenge

​Here at KTB, the end of Conference season marks the beginning of the Recharge, Rejuvenate, and Refresh season! To celebrate, this year we decided to compete in a Staff Health Challenge.  The ultimate goal of this challenge was to refocus our energy on keeping our bodies and minds beautiful, the same way we strive to keep Texas beaut...
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Aug
02

Guest Blog: Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup rescheduled to October 6

​UPDATE: Event rescheduled due to rain.  Summer is almost over, so what better way to close it out than to help clean the beaches that bore the brunt of our summer vacations? Mark your calendar for the 32nd annual coast wide Fall Beach Cleanup on Saturday, October 6 at 30 sites along the coast. This year our fall cleanup coincides with th...
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Jul
30

Eco-friendly Summer

Texas summer is in full swing. It's the season to lay out by the pool, vacation with family and do your best to survive the heat. This lull in the year also provides a great opportunity to get organized and take stock of aspects of your life that may otherwise go unattended. Your environmental impact may be on that list, and understandably so! ...
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Jul
20

Scenic Texas announces 2018 Scenic City Certifications

This month, 13 Texas cities earned certified Scenic City status for demonstrating strong municipal infrastructure standards, through a rigorous assessment process developed by Scenic Texas, Keep Texas Beautiful and 14 other Program Partner organizations. The Scenic City Certification Program offers cities an objective review of existing municipal i...
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Jul
17

The Return of RACA

Keep Texas Beautiful is excited to announce the return of our RACA program. RACA stands for River Access and Conservation Areas and is our designation for grant funding provided by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) for river cleanups throughout the state. What is RACA? TPWD has signed lease agreements that allow pub...
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Jul
06

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Waco Beautiful on Recycling Outreach

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 Beautificat...
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Jul
03

Red, white and GREEN Fourth of July

​The KTB team would like to wish you a happy Independence Day! We encourage you to celebrate with family and friends outdoors, but we also want to remind you to celebrate responsibly and consider the environmental impact of your festivities. We see the impact of a holiday weekend in our parks and waterways, where many affiliates intentionally sched...
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Jun
06

Out and About in Georgetown, TX

We are thrilled to host this year's Annual Conference in Georgetown, June 11-13. Before and after the conference, make sure to appreciate the culture, history and natural beauty this historic town has to offer! Boasting the "Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas," this city is one of few cities running on 100% renewable energy - it's the pe...
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