KAB announces 2009 clean up results
Take over 3 million volunteers and participants, and
1,000 grassroots organizations, provide them with the
tools and motivation to make their hometown a better
place, mix in 5.2 million volunteer hours, sweat, grit
and elbow grease, and watch as communities flourish with
a cleaner environment, civic pride and enhanced natural
National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful’s 2009 Great
American Clean Up accomplished this and more, with more
than 30,000 events taking place in 32,000 communities
The 2009 campaign, themed “Green Starts Here,” encouraged
communities to declare that being “green” begins with
the actions of individuals. It can start with an educational
event, a litter cleanup, recycling drive, graffiti paint-out,
planting a community garden or planting just one tree.
Great movements, claimed event organizers, begin with
small actions. The results offer proof. In the program’s
three months (March 1 through May 31):
64 million pounds of litter and debris were removed
from public lands and rights-of-way, including 95,000
acres of parks and public lands,
Nearly 9,000 miles of rivers, lakes and shorelines,
over 10,000 acres of wetlands, and 7,800 miles of
hiking, biking and nature trails;
3,200 parks and community recreation areas were
improved, restored or constructed;
4,750 illegal dump sites were remediated.
More than 243 million plastic (PET) bottles were
collected for recycling, many through school- based
programs, which is nearly 30 percent more than
were collected in 2008.
The 6.9 million pounds of electronics collected
for recycling represented a 30 percent increase
Moreover, volunteers kept 14.5 million pounds of
aluminum and steel out of landfills through their
collection efforts, a 42 percent increase.
870,000 tires were collected for recycling.
36 million pounds of newspaper were collected for