Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Great American Clean-Up Launches!
March 3 marked the national launch of the 2009 Keep America Beautiful (KAB) Great American Cleanup. Focusing on the message that “Green Starts Here,” KAB will be hosting events around the country until the end of the program on May 31.
KAB is expecting over three million volunteers in 30,000 community improvement activities and educational workshops to get involved in this year’s Great American Cleanup. These volunteers will rid streets, waterways and public spaces of litter and illegal dump sites, hold recycling drives and educational events, paint out graffiti and much more.
The Great American Cleanup is not a small project. Last year, 86 million pounds of litter and debris were collected for proper disposal, reuse and recycling. Also, the program:
Removed 15,200 junk cars, recycled 10.2 million pounds of aluminum and steel and recycled 1.4 million tires
Recycled 5.3 million pounds of electronics and 137,000 batteries
Improved over 144,000 miles of roadway
Recycled 186 million plastic (PET) bottles
Improved and maintained 91,000 acres of parks and public lands; 7,000 miles of rivers, lakes and shorelines; and 6,000 miles of hiking, biking and nature trails
Recycled 37.1 million pounds of newsprint
Recycled 5.2 million pounds of clothing
Attend the Great American Cleanup New York City Kickoff in Times Square!
Wednesday, April 22, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (EST)
Kickoff Rally at Times Square's Military Triangle
The Keep New York City Beautiful Coalition will rally volunteers with a multi-media extravaganza in Times Square and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's challenge to communities in New York City to join in the GAC activities.
Great idea for a volunteer project as part of the YES WE CAN Volunteer Challenge