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Dec
13

GCAA 2018 Category 4: Seabrook

Each year, the Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) celebrate ten Texas communities for their outstanding efforts to keep their communities beautiful. From the Texas coast to the Panhandle, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has awarded cities with this honor since 1986. Winners are selected for their ability to engage citizen...

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Nov
14

Staff Blog: Recycling Resources For You

It's officially America Recycles Day (ARD)! If you don't know what ARD is, I wrote a blog a few years ago about the nationally celebrated holiday that focuses all on recycling and how it actually has its roots in Texas. Now, Keep America Beautiful administers the program and provides numerous resources and content for groups all across the country&...

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Oct
30

Affiliate of the Month: Keep Odessa Beautiful and their Recycle Fashion Show Program

​The mission of Keep Odessa Beautiful is to empower Odessans to recycle, prevent litter, and beautify our community. Our goal is to educate on the importance of proper waste disposal, waste reduction, and the conservation of our natural resources by encouraging our citizens to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We promote and coordinate litter prevent...

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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
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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Jul
27

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
13

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
02

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
05

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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May
29

Staff Blog: Zero Waste Travel

One of my favorite pastimes is birding. I took up the hobby shortly after moving to Austin, when I learned about all the migratory birds that pass through Central Texas. In particular, I love to see the colorful warblers that can be found in the spring and fall. I also try to take one international birding trip a year and this year I chose to visit...

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May
07

Staff blog: What is Waste in Place?

Are the teachers in your town craving new STEM lessons? Do you need to spruce the same old activities your affiliate leads at booth events? Then it might be time to check out Waste in Place (WIP). What is WIP? Developed by Keep America Beautiful, WIP is curriculum that addresses the problem of waste – you guessed it! – in its proper place. It ...

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Apr
18

Earth Week in Texas

Earth Day 2018 is on Sunday April 22nd ​this year! Here at KTB, we've been celebrating  all week long and even asked our social media followers to join us in pledging to #KeepTXBeautiful.  Earth Day and the entire month of April is dedicated to Mother Earth and keeping her clean and pollution free. We offer a number of ways to g...

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Mar
26

Scout Pack - What is it and how do I get involved?

Keep Texas Beautiful works hard to encourage our Texas youth to get involved in clean-ups and be conscious of the environment. We applaud the great work done by school-aged Texans and continue to inspire them to be eco-friendly and care for the environment. One of the ways we do this is through our youth program, Scout Pack. But...

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Mar
23

Recycling Today: Impact of Global Recycling Market on our Local Communities

 Sunday, March 20, 2018 marked the first Global Recycling Day, which was celebrated across the world, with communities holding events and educating residents on why it's important to not only recycle – but to recycle properly. GRD brings to light several crucial industry conversations occurring lately on contamination (i.e. having things that ...

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Mar
19

Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning

​March 20 marks the first official day of spring! Along with the beautiful weather, comes the age old tradition of ​spring cleaning​. Spring cleaning can apply to many aspects of your life and serves as a great excuse to get motivated and organized.  Here at KTB, spring is also when most of our community cleanups are held. We of...

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Mar
13

Keep Texas Beautiful Awarded Austin Green Business Leader

This past month, the City of Austin's Office of Sustainability recognized Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) as a Gold level Green Business Leader for our efforts in keeping our office green and sustainable. This is a special acknowledgement for us because it illustrates that our vision of making Texas the cleanest, most beautiful ...

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Jan
30

Zero-emission cars: Both Consumers and the Environment Win

Over the past century, trillions of dollars have been spent to develop a sophisticated global infrastructure around petroleum. Gasoline service stations are now so common in the industrialized world that people often forget conventional cars have a limited range. Today, the same type of infrastructure is being built around electric vehicle (EV) cha...

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Nov
10

Have a Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! We've been highlighting and thanking different contributors to Keep Texas Beautiful these past few days (in case you missed them, check them out here, here, and here), but it's important to remember and be thankful for how every component of Keep Texas Beautiful and our network fit together. We here at KTB are thankful for each ...

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Nov
10

Green Thanksgiving Tips From Waste Management

Leaves on the ground and Black Friday "sneak peek" ads can only mean one thing: Thanksgiving is just around the corner! For 2017, Waste Management is challenging Texans to make Thanksgiving a green holiday this year. Here are a few ways to reduce, reuse and recycle this Thanksgiving: Buy and eat locally grown food: Buying only locally grown food is...

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Jul
19

5 Sweet Summer Recycling Tips

Everyone knows that now is the perfect time to kick back, relax and enjoy that sweet, sweet summer time. That means spending the majority of the time hanging out in the great outdoors soaking up some vitamin D and enjoying all the natural beauty Texas has to offer. And while we might be on vacation, there are still plenty of ways to help your commu...

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