Great American Clean-up
The Great American Cleanup originally began as a litter cleanup initiative designed to aesthetically improve the environment by creating more inviting parks, streetscapes and public spaces. As the program has matured and grown, grassroots organizations have taken on more diverse challenges—eliminating graffiti, collecting recyclables, planting community gardens, and hosting educational events. But community cleanups remain at the very heart of the campaign, and the results are remarkable. In 2019 alone, 23.4 million pounds of litter and debris were collected by more than 550,000 volunteers throughout the country.
Keep Grand Island Beautiful (KGIB) works with community groups, local businesses, and local Boy/Girl Scout troops to keep our local parks and roadways clean. KGIB participates in year-round clean-up events, weather permitting. We are always looking for a concerned group to help us improve the look of our community. If you are interested, please use our contact form.
Motorist Litter Awareness Day
Area businesses will be participating in Motorist Litter Awareness Day on Saturday, April 18, 2020. The businesses will be handing out car litter bags with recycling and household hazardous waste information to their customers. This event is being held on Earth Day to promote community education and involvement in making Grand Island a clean and beautiful place to live.
Children’s Groundwater Festival
The Groundwater Festival is held annually at Central Community College; this year’s festival will be on May 12, 2020. To learn more about the Groundwater Festival, please visit the Central Platte NRD.
Cigarette Litter Prevention
63% of cigarette butt littering is attributable to individual motivations. Mostly, it is lack of awareness about the environmental impact and insufficient ash receptacles. Over the past decade, new city ordinances are moving more smokers outdoors or to designated areas, and automobile manufacturers phased out ash trays as a standard feature in most new cars. Cigarette and cigar litter is a problem all over the world. It is unsightly, costly to clean up, and harmful to waterways and wildlife.
America Recycles Day
America Recycle Day, a Keep America Beautiful program, is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting recycling in the United States. Each year, on or around November 15, events are held by thousands of groups nationwide in celebration of the event.