Going Green – September 2015

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.  When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
~ Aldo Leopold

This quote from Aldo Leopold, one of the first environmental activist in the world, makes me realize that our community sees the land with love and respect and how fortunate we are!  In our community we have leaders and innovators who value the earth, who promote recycling and reuse and who bring the recycling circle into action.

What more can we do to help the environment in our region?  We can participate in the cleanups offered through Keep Keith County Beautiful.  As a matter of fact, KKCB will be holding our fall cleanup on Saturday, September 19th from 8:00 -11:00 at Western Resources Group, located at 3305 West H Street, in Ogallala.

This event will be the Household Hazardous Waste collection for our community.  Now is the time to search through your cupboards, garage shelves and shed to see if you have any contaminants that should not be put into the ground or enter the landfills to eventually end up in the ground water.  Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them. We will also collect batteries, mercury and compact florescent bulbs, which contain mercury. Additionally we will have collection of recyclables and roll offs for large items.

Our events in Keith County have proven that when we offer the cleanups to the community they are successful. The recent Scrap Tire Collection event was extremely well received and we want to thank all of you who came out and contributed to the 250 tons of tires we removed from ending up in a landfill.

At the Keep Nebraska Beautiful awards, held last month in Lincoln, Keep Keith County Beautiful was the proud recipient of four state awards.  These awards recognizing the school children of South Platte Schools, the City of Ogallala and Western Resources Group, are a tribute to the efforts of business, education and government working together to respect our environment.  We do stand head and tails above the rest in keeping Keith County beautiful!

Finally, the Pepsico Recycle Rally has begun. The school children in Ogallala and Big Spring would appreciate your contributions to their recycling contests.  This year the schools will compete in different divisions, so we are hoping for two first place finishes for our kids.  Please get in touch with your local school to determine your drop off points and how to make sure your recycling counts in the contest.