Going Green – April 2015

The birds are chirping, the trees are budding, grass is turning green and spring cleaning is in my blood.  I love this time of year, when you can open your windows and have a cool breeze freshen the air in the house. I don’t know what it is about this time of year that initiates behavior of cleansing, but there is something to it.  At Keep Keith County Beautiful we want to help you get your space ready for the lazy days of summer by holding our annual Shred-a-thon and Spring Clean-up.

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, we will present the Great American Cleanup at Western Resources Group, located at 3305 West H Street, in the North Business Park.  This year our cleanup will feature a Shred-a-thon with services provided by Paper Tiger Shredding.  Simply bring your unwanted and outdated private papers or mail offers to us and we will shred them with your privacy in mind. We will open at 8:00 am and will start shredding at 9:00 a.m. You can watch you papers being shredded if you desire.

We are also accepting recyclables, aluminum, paper and plastic and will also have electronic recycling available for a nominal fee. This cleanup will be a good time to introduce you to our newest ‘green’ business in Ogallala, Western Resources Group.  They are your go to place for all recycling.

As a part of the Great American Cleanup we have groups that are cleaning up around the Keith County.  So far this month, groups have cleaned over 15 miles of highway, roadways and the frontage roads in the area.  Thanks to the Big Mac Kiwanis club, 4H, and Paxton Schools.  As a Keep America Beautiful program, the Great American Cleanup and its network of community based affiliates, like KKCB, will kick off in more than 20,000 communities across the country.  With over 2 million volunteers, the Great American Cleanup returns on average $175 million dollars in measurable benefits.  So, please join us in your spring cleanup efforts on Saturday, April 25th.

At this time I would like to tell you about the new accreditation that the City of Ogallala will be receiving.  Ogallala is about to be the first arboretum city in Nebraska. Through the efforts of KKCB, board member, Rod Ruzanic and City Manager, Aaron Smith we will receive this designation. More information about what this means to us will soon follow.

Our efforts at Keep Keith County Beautiful are about behavior change.  We want you to think about that can that ends up in the landfill, when it could be a new can. We want you to think about it at home and at work.  If your business is not currently recycling at work, give us a call and we will help you design a program for your business.  In April, we are adding Banner Health to one of our recycling at work partners!

Earth Day, Arbor Day and our own Great American Clean up happen the week of April 20th.  This time is a great time to reflect on what you can keep out of the landfill and limit your waste by Keeping Keith County Beautiful!