The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Progress 2012

March 7, 2012

Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful focused on educating residents

— Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful has been working hard to make improvements in the quality of life in the communities we serve through education, litter abatement, beautification and recycling.

If we're going to talk about progress, let's start by looking back at our beginnings.

KALB was established as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful in 1977. 

Soon after, the KALB Commission agreed to take over a recycling project started by a group of Athens High School students led by Guy McClure. That same year, the Athens-Limestone Recycling Board was created under the authority of the Limestone County Commission to oversee this recycling initiative. 

In 1982, the Athens-Limestone Beautification Board was also created by the County Commission to be responsible for beautification and green space projects.

All aspects of this organization have grown quite a bit since those first beginnings.

Education is key

Education is KALB's primary purpose. It is the best way to encourage behavior changes ... first we understand, then we adjust our behaviors. 

Each year, thousands of city and county students are reached with a variety of environmental messages through our classroom programs, which include PowerPoint presentations, hands-on litter analysis, student litter-patrol officer recruitment, appearances from Sparky and the Talking Tree, and more. KALB is happy to bring programs to any classroom upon invitation.

Through programs such as our Earth Day Celebration, Clean and Green events (e.g. Fiddlers), and participation in the Home & Garden Show, thousands more are touched by positive environmental messages.

KALB's website and Facebook page provide current information on local environmental issues, programs, and events and we invite you to check them out. Speakers are always available to present at your next meeting or gathering.

Recycling Center growth

Our Recycling Center has grown from the collection of newspaper and aluminum cans to a facility that processes approximately 400,000 pounds of materials every month. Over the years, new materials have been added to the list of those accepted and now include used motor oil, used cooking oil, batteries of every kind, including household-type, electronics and much more. A complete list can be found on our website.

The center has also added plastics No. 3 through No. 7 to their list and is the only one in the area to accept glass bottles and jars of every color.

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