Keep America Beautiful: Volunteers Reinforce Civic Pride

Posted: November 17, 2011 in Community Outreach, Environmental Awareness, Recycling
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During the 2011 Great American Cleanup by Keep America Beautiful, more than 3.8 million volunteers and participants donated more than 5.2 million hours at 30,600 events in 16,500 communities throughout the United States. Keep America Beautiful, Inc. is the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization that was established in 1953. This national nonprofit organization forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals and appeals to them to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments.

The 2011 Great American Cleanup produced some staggering results for this year’s volunteer efforts:

  • 177 million pounds of litter and debris were removed from public lands and rights-of-way, including 177,000 acres of parks and public lands (150% increase over 2010), more than 12,000 acres of wetlands (16% increase), and 3,800 miles of hiking, biking and nature trails (12% increase).
  • 2,800 playgrounds and community recreation areas were improved, restored or constructed. 
  • 6,400 illegal dumpsites were remediated.

(Statistics from Keep America Beautiful, Inc., 2011)

The Great American Cleanup initiative encourages and emphasizes the role of recycling by recovering valuable resources, to help reduce energy consumption and to foster community sustainability. To learn more about how you can become involved in the Great American Cleanup in your community, visit for more details.


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