and Keep Houston Beautiful clean up
On April 2, 2011, Greenstar Recycling and
Keep Houston Beautiful helped clean and landscape a neglected
area in Acres Homes, a neighborhood just north of downtown Houston.
This project is part of the national “Adopt a Ditch” program.
The overall scope of this nationally acclaimed project is to
raise the quality of life by keeping ditches free of litter and
debris while improving the storm water and transforming the area
into a cleaner, more environmentally pleasant place.
“We are proud to support the beautification
of Houston,” said Matt Delnick, Greenstar CEO. “Our Greenstar
volunteers worked alongside 100-150 other members of the local
community to clean up an area that was used as an illegal dumping
ground in the past. We’re working together to transform this
polluted ditch into a place of pride for local residents.”
One of Greenstar’s newest partners, the Houston Dynamo, also
raised their hands to support the initiative. The backing from
both Greenstar and the Dynamo together gave strength for Keep
Houston Beautiful to move forward with the project as an additional
site for the annual Keep Houston Beautiful Day.
The City of Houston’s Department of Public Works and Engineering
Right-of-Way and Fleet Maintenance Division are also behind this
effort in landscaping two ditch sections, which include tree
planting along the edge, installation of yellow flag irises in
the ditch, and installation of bollards to help prevent illegal
dumping and parking. Volunteers cleaning the ditches placed all
recyclables in Greenstar’s purple recycling carts.
Professional landscape architect Keiji Asakura of Asakura Robinson
Company LLC, provided direction and guidance to ensure the program’s
success. Drought tolerant plants native to Texas temperatures
were used, reducing the need for frequent watering. Trees donated
by Home Depot and irises from TreeSearch Farms were also planted.
Keep Houston Beautiful has held an annual cleanup day in partnership
with the Mayor of Houston and City Council for 30 consecutive
years. Adopt-A-Ditch is an expansion of the successful Adopt-A-Block
program that is a partnership between the City of Houston, Keep
Houston Beautiful, local merchants, volunteers, and residents.