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Keep Carroll Beautiful Makes It Easy for Local Communities to Be Green

By Pamela Sosnowski

It's not always easy being green (as in recycling and being environmentally responsible) but luckily, the community of Temple, GA receives a lot of help in that area thanks to the non-profit organization Keep Carroll Beautiful (KCB). For ten years, the volunteers and members of this local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful have helped the citizens of Carroll County take responsibility for improving their neighborhoods and the environment.

Says Jacqueline C. Dost, Executive Director of the organization, "We work in four areas of concentration: litter prevention, recycling, beautification and education. A $1.00 investment that we make in Carroll County typically returns $1.60 worth of benefits to the community. By being affiliated with the Keep America Beautiful network, we are part of the largest volunteer network in the nation."

Specific KCB programs include recycling events for household hazardous waste, electronics, paint, and a community garden program that helps schools, churches, and local groups receive funding to grow food for needy families and to educate people on the joys of harvesting and eating fresh produce. KCB members are occasionally called upon to give presentations to schools and local groups on the importance of recycling and litter prevention. The organization also operates an Adopt-A-Road program where participants choose a mile of roadway and commit to cleaning litter from it four times a year.

Local businesses are also encouraged to become a KCB Green Business. Businesses that can keep their outside areas clean and free of litter and dispose of waste properly receive public recognition and advertising on the KCB website and in the newsletter. It's another successful way the organization stays closely involved with the local community. "Our cities and county support us by sponsoring our events," says Dost. "We also provide many volunteer opportunities to the community and have great support for these activities."

Even if you don't live in Carroll County, Dost has several tips for helping the environment that anyone can adopt. "(There are many) easy ways to be green," she says. "Ditch the bottled water, and get a filter pitcher or use the filtered water from your fridge and carry around a stainless steel water bottle, or BPA-free plastic bottle. Get some cloth shopping bags; they are reusable, stronger than plastic and can carry heavier loads. Recycle RIGHT. Check the rules for the recycling program in your area. Recycle electronics responsibly when you replace them."

Making even small lifestyle changes can have lasting impacts on the environment- something that KCB has been teaching for a decade, and hopes to keep on doing for the citizens of Carroll County for decades to come.

For more information feel free to check out their website at www.keepcarrollbeautiful.org.

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