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Cleanup month off to great start

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Keep Pickens Beautiful

            It’s April! Time for the Great American Cleanup!  Join Keep Pickens Beautiful for some of their projects and programs throughout the month. The group got off to a great start last weekend with an Edible Jasper planting day throughout downtown. See photos in the attached slide show.

            The Great American Cleanup is a national program sponsored by Keep America Beautiful. This is the nation’s largest community improvement program with an estimated 15,000 community events nationwide.  

            Now in its 24th year, the Great American Cleanup (GAC), as stated by Keep America Beautiful, “prompts individuals to take greater responsibility for their local environments by conducting grassroots community service projects that engage volunteers, local businesses, and civic leaders.”

  • KPB preparing the Edible Jasper gardens/photos by Robin Dunn

            Keep America Beautiful’s national results from the 2021 Great American Cleanup show the impact of the program, even with reduced in-person activities due to the pandemic: 

            • Number of Events: 9,977 

• Number of Volunteers and Participants: 259,021 

• Total Benefit to 

Communities: $51,277,013 

• Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 1,448,655 

• Pounds of Litter and Debris Collected: 14,649,481 

• Pounds of Items Recycled: 8,232,158 

• Acres of Parks, Public Lands, Playgrounds, and Trails Cleaned & Improved: 66,744 

• Miles of Streets, Roads, and Highways Cleaned, Improved or Beautified: 23,456 

• Number of Plants, Shrubs, Flowers, and Bulbs Planted: 127,856 

• Number of Trees Planted: 3,677

            For the past two years, Keep Pickens Beautiful has not sponsored in-person projects due to Covid, so this year they’re making up for lost time with events scheduled every Saturday in April.  Join them to help improve Pickens County while connecting with your community, having fun, and meeting new friends.

            • April 9 – Let’s Clean Up Pickens! Part 1 – Carver Mill Road – help clean up one of the messiest roads on the west side of Pickens

            • April 16 – Edible Jasper Spring is Springing! – a BIG planting day in the Edible Jasper gardens in downtown with more than 400 plants that are ready to go in the ground

            • April 23 – Earth Day on Main Community Appreciation Day – join the KPB Team at their office at the south end of Main Street for plant give-aways, live music, snacks, raffles, and more!

            • April 30 – Let’s Clean Up Pickens! Part 2 – a road on the east side of the county will get a much-needed cleanup (road TBD)

            Watch the KPB website and Facebook group for more updates on the events and activities sponsored throughout the month of April.

            In addition to these volunteer opportunities to connect with your community while helping to improve and beautify it, there are other ways to be a part of the Great American Cleanup.  

            One of the most popular is the tire amnesty.  Pickens County residents can take up to 4 tires (off rim) to the central Pickens County Recycling Center for free throughout the month.

            Join Keep Pickens Beautiful and their Team to help improve the community.  This is a great opportunity for you to meet your neighbors while making a positive impact.  You’ll have fun, and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you were a contributor to the national Great American Cleanup initiative.

            Visit for more information about Great American Cleanup activities planned throughout April.

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